6:30 – 8:30 pm; Reception 6:00 pm
Location: The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

The epoch of international migration that began after WWII has not diminished, and the global need for monitoring human rights has only increased during the 70 years since the U.N.’s Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Mohsin Hamid, in his recent novel Exit West depicting the refugee crisis and the abuses that accompany it, suggests that we have entered an era in which we must recognize “the right to seek passage.” In this program, prominent figures led by  Alia Malek, journalist, and winner of the Institute’s 2016 Hiett Prize in the Humanities, will conduct an inquiry into the present state of migration and human rights and what we are called to do now as citizens of a global world.

Partnering with the Dallas Institute are SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and the International Rescue Committee’s Dallas Office



Alia Malek, Keynote Speaker, Journalist and Winner of the Institute’s 2016 Hiett Prize in the Humanities

Visit Alia’s website and see the New York Times’s review of her latest work The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria.


Daley Ryan, Deputy Director of Programs at the International Rescue Committee’s Dallas Office

Daley’s work can be seen on the IRC website.


Tiffany Jelke, Producer and Host of Refugee Stories: In Their Own Voices podcast and Advocacy Associate at International Rescue Committee’s Dallas Office.

Tiffany’s podcast can be heard through iTunes and SoundCloud.


Liz Magallanes, Dallas/Fort Worth Coordinator at Mi Familia Vota.

Liz’s organization’s work can be seen at