PIF 2023: Love Across Borders

With deep empathy, rigorous reporting, and the irresistible perspective of a true romantic, journalist Anna Lekas Miller spotlights couples around the world who confront frustrating immigration systems to be together—as she did to be with her husband.

“Love Across Borders is a powerful and unforgettable testament to the humanity and love that prevail in spite of borders. This is a book that will make you weep, rage, and fight for the change our world deserves.”

At the 2023 Adelman Lecture, hear readings from Miller’s newly published book and a panel discussion from experts and artists with lived experience of forced migration and love across borders.


Anna Lekas Miller. Writer and journalist who covers stories of the ways that conflict and migration shape the lives of people around the world. She has reported from Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Intercept, New Lines Magazine, CNN, and many others. She lives in London with her husband, Syrian journalist Salem Rizk.

Zahra Dhanani. Lawyer, trainer, adjudicator, facilitator, consultant for nonprofits, and small business owner. With more than 25 years experience, She has extensive knowledge in the areas of anti-oppression, diversity, inclusion, organizational development, restorative justice, conflict resolution, social justice, gender violence, disability, sexual orientation and newcomer realities.

Ruth Green. Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at York University and Special Advisor to the Dean of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies on Indigenous Issues, she is an activist turned academic, a citizen of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and a member of the Turtle Clan from the Kanien'keha:ka Nation. Green likes to think about Indigenous education and social issues that impact Indigenous communities.

Jay Ramasubramanyam. Assistant Professor in the Law & Society Program at York University, his research focuses on forced migration, international refugee law, statelessness, third world approaches to international law, human rights, race and racialization, postcolonial theory, and South Asian studies. His research explores the asymmetries of power, knowledge production and the ostensible legitimacy of norms in the field of refugee studies and refugee law.

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