Scholar Yến Lê Espiritu’s research shows that a hyper-focus on refugee suffering, desperation and neediness has made refugees seem like passive recipients of Western generosity and has made them targets of racial profiling, surveillance and detention. This seminar invites participants to chart new approaches to refugee studies that integrate theoretical rigor and policy concerns with refugees' rich and complicated lived worlds — approaches that fuse the critical and the creative. Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, 96 Waterman Street.