Mount Holyoke College

Weissman Center for Leadership
and the Liberal Arts

FALL 2006


The danger lies in forgetting what we had. . . there being no shared daily life what with migrations, exiles, diasporas, rendings, the search for work. Or there is a shared daily life riddled with holes of silence.

Adrienne Rich,
What Is Found There, 1993

MIGRATIONS, the fall 2006 series of the Weissman Center for Leadership, will explore the ways in which the earth and humankind are immersed in epic, substantial, and sometimes irreversible acts of migration.  Events will consider the ways in which natural and unnatural forces, spiritual convictions, and political initiatives have contributed to significant acts of exodus and complicated efforts to return to ancestral or newly chosen homelands. 

Through public lectures, debates, workshops, and seminars, we will contemplate the ways in which nations and individuals are grappling with, resisting, and succumbing to forced and unnatural migrations.  To what degree are these necessary and unnecessary voyages produced by conflicts fueled by economic, political, and religious agendas?  How have individuals confronted historic shifts in borders and losses of homelands?  In what ways have animal species been affected by changes in territory?  How have laws and wars, droughts and floods, illuminated the history and future of migrations? 

The fall 2006 Migrations series will feature the center’s first set of leadership breakfasts for students.  These sessions, held on the morning after the public events,  are for students interested in learning more about the issues, career and professional opportunities, and potential academic strategies.