Event Details

Join us on May 16 for a discussion with award-winning author and journalist, Lauren Markham, on her new book, A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders And Belonging.

In 2021, Lauren Markham went to Greece, in search of her own Greek heritage and to cover the aftermath of a fire that burned down the largest refugee camp in Europe. Almost no one had wanted the camp—not activists, not the country's growing neo-fascist movement, not even the government. But almost immediately, on scant evidence, six young Afghan refugees were arrested for the crime.

That experience led Markham to ask, When and how did migration become a crime? Why does ancient Greece remain so important to the West's idea of itself? How does nostalgia fuel the exclusion and demonization of migrants today?

The event will feature a Q&A session, so be sure to come prepared with your questions!

Why is this Important for Arizona?

Arizona, as a border state, grapples with immigration complexities daily. Lauren Markham's event discussing migration as a perceived crime and the influence of ancient Greece offers insights relevant to Arizona's challenges. Attendees can engage in a meaningful dialogue on borders and belonging, gaining perspectives that directly connect with Arizona's position at the forefront of immigration issues.


  • Lauren Markham (Award-winning Author and Journalist)

    Lauren Markham

    Award-winning Author and Journalist

    Lauren Markham is a California based-writer covering issues of migration, justice and the environment. Her work has appeared in outlets such as the Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. She is the author of "A Map of Future Ruins: On Borders and Belonging", and the award-winning book about child migrants entitled "The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life". Markham has also spent over fifteen years working at the intersection of education and immigration.

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  • Jim Falk (Host at WorldNow with Jim Falk)

    Jim Falk

    Host at WorldNow with Jim Falk

    Jim retired in March 2021 as president of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, a position he held for two decades; he is now its president emeritus. He served as Interim Executive Director of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations for seven months ending in March 2022 and is currently a member of the Board and chair of programs. Jim’s interest in travel and global affairs grew from his years spent in Tunisia where he attended a French lycée. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and earned his MA in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia with a focus on international law and Middle East politics. Jim co-hosts McCuistion/Perspectives, a public affairs program, on KERA-Dallas. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Morocco.

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