Refugees in America:

A Conversation
PAST EVENT: Sat, Aug 6, 2016

Join photographic historian Dr. Makeda Best, UCLA School of Law's Dr. Asli Bâli​ and New York Times best-selling author / Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen for a discussion panel on America's historic response to refugees. Explore how our reactions to refugees have changed over the years, and consider how our history informs our experience with today's global refugee crisis. The panel will be moderated by KCRW producer and correspondent Saul Gonzalez.


Asli Bâli

Asli Bâli is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and a seminar on the Laws of War. She joined UCLA from the Yale Law School where she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law, and coordinator of the Middle East Legal Forum. Bâli is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the...

View profile
Makeda Best

Makeda Best is a historian of photography. She appears in, wrote for and advised the multidisciplinary pedagogical resource for middle school and high school teachers, Essential Lens - Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum, produced by Oregon Public Television and Annenberg Learner. Her broader interests include documentary photography, war photography, protest...

View profile
Saul Gonzalez

Starting at Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET in the early 1990s, Saul Gonzalez has been a producer and correspondent for a smorgasbord of different local and national public TV and radio programs. They include SoCal Connected, The PBS NewsHour, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and Which Way LA? Currently, he is a producer and correspondent for...

View profile
Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold...

View profile


REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world.

Learn More


Annenberg Space for Photography’s Skylight Studios
10050 Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067