Displaced Lives in the DMV

This course approaches cities and transnational migration in the context of the history and culture of the Washington DC region and its immigrant communities. The first weeks introduce DC; questions about race, gentrification, and displacement in the DMV; key issues in migration studies and in the study of cities; and basic field and library research skills. The following weeks feature units devoted to drivers of transnational migration and migrant experiences in the DC area, focused on excursions and assignments related to Salvadoran and Ethiopian American communities in Mount Pleasant and Silver Spring, respectively. During the final third of the course, the course focuses on student projects and videos building on student research.

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