Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

When: Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm
Location:Irene's Pub (885 Bank Street)
Audience:Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty

Due to the COVID-19 virus this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the fall.


Author Meets Readers invites Carleton students and the community to join an informal discussion on new books published by members of the Carleton University Faculty of Public Affairs.


About the Book:

This book describes the experiences of undocumented migrants, all around the world, bringing to life the challenges they face from the moment they consider leaving their country of origin, until the time they are deported back to it. Robert Barsky argues that the arrays of actions that are taken against undocumented migrants are often arbitrary, and exercised by an array of officials who can and do exercise considerable discretion, both positive and negative.

The Author:

Robert Barsky works at the intersection of humanities and law, with a focus on border crossings. His newest project is called Clamor at the Gate: What the Great Books Teach Us About Vulnerable Migrants. Therein, Barsky suggests that a significant portion of stories that are deemed to have enduring value in the Western Tradition provide insights to current discussions relating to the flight and plight of vulnerable migrants.

The Panelists:

Barsky will be joined by Michael Hawes, a professor of political science, a tireless advocate of international education, and a proud alumnus of the Fulbright program, and Laura Macdonald, a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University.


This event is part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival.Writers Festival logo