How did we get here?  The first annual Buffalo Humanities Festival will use migration stories to help answer that deceptively simple question.  In literature, history, art, and music, people have explored what it means to uproot oneself and cross borders.  Today, conversations about migration and immigration too frequently reach an ideological impasse.  The festival – a day and a half of talks, discussions, and performances – will go beyond the buzzwords to investigate the human dimension of migration.  We’ll discuss refugees fleeing political oppression, highly skilled professionals coveted by their new nations, impoverished peasants seeking only the chance to support their families, and more.  Join us September 26 and 27 to engage with a whole new world of moving stories.

To download the full Festival program, click here.

Friday, Sept. 26th: GARY SHTEYNGART

gs1 Book Review Little Failure

Kick off the Buffalo Humanities Festival with us at 8 p.m. on Friday with a reading, on-stage interview, and book signing at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with Gary Shteyngart, author of New York Times bestseller Little Failure. The Los Angeles Times calls Little Failure “an ecstatic depiction of survival, guilt, and perseverance… as vivid, original, and funny as [anything] contemporary U.S. literature has to offer.”

A VIP reception with the author will precede the event at 7 p.m. Tickets available here. For information on the day-long festival on Saturday, Sept. 27th, please click here.