inTransit: Art & Migration around Europe was a multisite installation forming a pathway that connected the Nasher Museum of Arts’ Incubator Gallery, the Ruby’s Maker’s Space; the John Hope Franklin Gallery, the Rubenstein Library’s Stone Gallery and the Carrack Gallery in downtown Durham.
On Sept 20 5pm, the Nasher installation opening with the group and student involvement; on Sept 20 6:15pm, the John Hope Franklin Gallery opening; on Sept 25 4pm, the Rubenstein Library opening, and on Sept 27 5pm, the Ruby installation included a concert with musicians Jonathan Henderson, Diali Cissokho, and Kaira Ba. Cornered moved in November to The Carrack.
inTransit Guest Speakers Series
inTransit series of guest speakers included on Sept 24, 7pm, Teresa Fiore (Montclair State) Rubenstein Library Holsti Room; Nov 8, the Observatory on Europe Panel on Migration (Duke at Home in the World); Nov 14, Mary Gaylord (Harvard) with Elvira Vilches (Duke), Nov 29, 7pm, Hisham Matar, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning author with Helen Solterer (Duke) Nasher Museum Auditorium.
inTransit and the Community
inTransit fostered communications with various social and art collectives including in Oct Durham Latinx (7-12th-grade teachers connected to the Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium and the “Connecting the Americas” Scholars Program with Joan Clifford & Lisa Merschel (Duke) and also in Oct a presentation of the Video and Website project of the Francophonie within the program of Welcome Durham with Deborah Reisinger (Duke), as well as, Nov 29, student work with Francophone refugees from Africa in Durham: (Language Matters).
inTransit Courses and Seminars
Helen Solterer, Elvira Vilches, and Roberto Dainotto led 12 Romance Studies seminars, 3 per semester from fall 2016 to fall 2018, which explored contexts, representation strategies and actions surrounding the arts and politics of migration in Romance regions of Continental Europe and North Africa. Marianne Wardle and Ellen Raimond co-taught some of these seminars, using Nasher collections for student research. In fall 2017 and fall 2018, Deborah Reisinger taught a linked service learning course working with Francophone African refugees in Durham. Also offered in the Fall 2018 was the seminar Has the Future Already Happened? Cervantes and the Ethics of Migration SP 411 led by Elvira Vilches.