360 million people live today in a country that they weren't born in. Most of them have moved because of colonialism, climate change, war, or the inequities of global trade. There's an enormous amount of hypocrisy and sanctimony in the West around the issue of immigration, and attempts to shut out or choose between “good migrants” and “bad migrants”. The lecture is a personal meditation on migration, and a look at what's to come in the movement of people around the globe and the varying responses to such movement.
Suketu Mehta is Associate Professor of Journalism. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Professor Mehta is the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. Professor Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered”. He is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.