Beyond the Sand and Sea: One Family's Quest to Find a Country to Call Home

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

This event is being conducted virtually through Zoom webinar and YouTube Live.

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Beyond the Sand and Sea tells the story of one Somali family's escape from the world's largest refugee camp and their unending faith in America—a distant land where anything is possible. This narrative exposes the broken refugee resettlement system that kept that family trapped for more than two decades and has turned millions into permanent exiles. But it's also an extraordinary and inspiring account for anyone searching for pinpricks of light in the darkness.

Ty McCormick, the author of Beyond the Sand and Sea, is a senior editor at Foreign Affairs and a former foreign correspondent who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and National Geographic. From 2015 to 2018, he was based in Nairobi, Kenya, as Africa editor of Foreign Policy magazine, where he led a team of writers that won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for a series on African migration. 

Ş. İlgü Özler will lead the conversation. She is the founder and director of the State University of New York Global Engagement Program in New York City, an associate professor of political science and international relations at SUNY New Paltz, and an adviser for the Model International Mobility Convention (MIMC).



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