The #YearofImmigration aims to transform dialogue into impact on urgent issues related to immigration, global migration and refugees, and to foster open conversation and greater connection with the University of Maryland’s large and diverse international community.







Working under Maryland’s mission to “do good” by transforming idealism into impact, the Year of Immigration will focus its efforts under three interconnected themes that aim to increase community awareness and inclusivity.

2018-19 First Year Book

The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s collection of short stories about displacement and exile compels readers to ask: What does it mean to immigrate to the United States? What does it mean to be a refugee? The stories in The Refugees portray the sorrow of displacement and exile while exemplifying themes of homeland, belonging and empathy.

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“In a country where possessions counted for everything, we had no belongings except our stories.”

– Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Refugees

Stamp Gallery Presents: ‘Mirrored Re-Collection’

Exhibit runs Nov. 1-Dec. 15

Stamp Gallery, Room 1220B, Stamp


Artist Talks: Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. in Adele's Room, Stamp, and Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. in Juan Jimenez 2208, Stamp


Artists Sobia Ahmad and Sepideh Salehi examine issues related to national identity and belonging, cultural memory, the notion of home, and gender. Salehi recollects the experiences she had growing up in post-1979 Tehran, Iran. Ahmad's work considers the relationship between personal narrative and the public consumption of the “Other.” How do immigrant artists resist the ways in which the art world fetishizes trauma and commodifies the immigrant experience? The Anwar Sadat Chair for Development and Peace will co-sponsor two artist talks, with Ahmad on Nov. 15 and with Salehi on Nov. 28. Exhibition runs through Dec. 15. Artist talks on November 15 and 28. Full details and gallery hours.

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The Search for the Story of Louise Langdon Norton Little, Mother of Malcolm X

Thursday, November 15, 4-6 p.m.

Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall


The Department of English hosts the Distinguished Scholar Lecture with Professor Merle Collins, one of the most influential figures in Anglophone Caribbean literature and culture.

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The Human Right to Education for Refugees and Migrants

Thursday, November 29, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Global Crossroads Atrium, H.J. Patterson Hall


Education is a basic human right, and refugees and migrants in particular are faced with overwhelming challenges in accessing this right. Join students from the College of Education for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. From the global to the local, we will shine a spotlight on the challenges, frustrations and rich opportunities for refugees and migrants to access educational opportunities.

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“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.”

– Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. and the world at large.

In 2017, a record 68.5 million people were forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and poverty.

It is estimated that climate change may force 140 million more to migrate from their homes by the year 2050.

An average of one person is displaced every two seconds.


It is our civic duty to encourage open dialogue, embrace our international diversity, and build bridges to global citizenship.


To integrate your event into the Year of Immigration’s planning and publicity efforts, please reach out to the Office of International Affairs at with “Year of Immigration” in the subject line.

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