Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

The Refugee Crisis: Who makes it to safety?

Date & time

Jan 12, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm EST


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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The Ford School is pleased to welcome 2013 Livingston Award winner Luke Mogelson for a panel discussion on the themes of "The Dream Boat," his New York Times Magazine story about the plight of political asylum seekers. Participants include Joel Lovell, "This American Life," "Serial" and The Atavist and the Ford School's own John Ciorciari and Susan Waltz.

About the participants:

John Ciorciari is co-director of the International Policy Center and an assistant professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. John's interests include international law, politics, and international finance. His current research projects focus primarily on the Asia-Pacific region, and examine foreign policy strategies, human rights, and the reform of international economic institutions. 

Joel Lovell is an editor on the public radio show "This American Life" and the podcast "Serial," and story editor of the digital magazine The Atavist. Prior to that, he was deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine. He has edited at GQ and Harper's. Lovell graduated from Cornell University with a degree in government and received an M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Michigan.

Luke Mogelson is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and has written for The New YorkerGQThe New Republic and The Nation. Mogelson received a B.A. in English Literature from Bennington College. He joined the Army National Guard and served for three years in New York's 69th Infantry Division. Based in Afghanistan for two and a half years, he now lives in San Cristobal de las Casa, Mexico.

Susan Waltz is both a scholar and a practitioner in the field of international human rights, and was the first American to chair Amnesty International's international governing board. More recently, her research has focused on the historical origins of international human rights instruments and the political processes that produced them. She is co-author of the website Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards, hosted by University of Michigan at humanrightshistory.umich.edu


About the Livingston Awards:

The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists at the University of Michigan honors outstanding achievement by professionals under the age of 35 in local, national and international reporting. The awards have recognized the early talent of many of today's most prominent journalists, including Christiane Amanpour, David Remnick, C.J. Chivers, Michele Norris, H.G. Bissinger, Rick Atkinson and David Isay. Supporters of the Livingston Awards include the Indian Trail Foundations, Christiane Amanpour, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the University of Michigan.