Identity and Migration: Artists and Composers who Fled Persecution
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What is it that defines human identity? DNA? Language? Culture? Landscape? Polity? Or is it a combination of all of these factors? How do the sources of identity make it easy or difficult for individuals who migrate from one location to another—by choice or under duress—not merely to adapt but to become fully comfortable within their new home? How do artists, with their particular set of sensibilities respond to their own migration?
There are many times in the course of history when these questions have offered particularly strong reference points, including our own, with its unprecedented patterns of migration, and vast numbers of refugees removing themselves under duress from one region to other parts of the planet. Within the Western World in particular the most significant era in which such issues might be raised occurred just prior to the mid-twentieth century, with the rise of Nazism and other fascist movements across most of Europe.
Opening remarks by Consul Yasemin Pamuk, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York
Musical Performance (Piano)
About the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
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