Date of Award

Fall 12-21-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Second Advisor

Nari Ward

Academic Program Adviser

Susan Crile


Fear and Nostalgia in Immigration is a project that uses re-occuring memory and experiential memory to help us understand our common histories. The projects asks individuals to first share a re-occuring memory by writing it on a chalkboard. The next step is to then write an experiential memory about immigration, this can be a story you might have heard or it could be something from your own family history. These two tasks are done on a communal table where several individuals are engage in the same task at the same time. This aim of this exercise is to have something that is personal and intimate be a gateway to a much deeper conversation about immigration issues. This project can be adapted to any situation and to any issue.



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