what does it mean to BE A REFUGEE?
In Spring 2017, the University of Pittsburgh's departments of Theater Arts and Classics came together with the Global Studies Center to launch TAKING REFUGE, a week-long symposium exploring the Syrian refugee crisis through the lens of the Humanities. We heard various perspectives on Syrian migrations, from political scientists to artists, humanities scholars to local community workers. Some of the highlights included readings of Amir Zuabi’s Oh My Sweet Land, Euripides’s Trojan Women, and screenings of the recent adaption of Trojan Women by the all-female, Syrian theater troupe, Queens of Syria. Throughout the symposium, we reflected on what the Arts and Humanities can contribute to conversations on the Syrian diaspora.