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Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 4:30pm
A. D. White House, Guerlac Room
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
The tragedy of Syrian refugees is an interesting example for understanding the power of images. The picture of the Kurdish Syrian child who died on a Turkish beach was more powerful than thousands of articles and interviews on the same subject. From that image, demonstrations of solidarity arose in many European cities to push their governments to help refugees.
In this lecture, I argue that images (videos and pictures) of immigration have become more effective thanks to social media, especially Facebook.
Amara Lakhous is the author of "Clash of Civilizations
Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio," which was the subject
of last year’s first-year reading project, as well as numerous
other works written in Arabic, English, and Italian.