Journalist to Discuss Migration from Africa to Europe, November 7

Posted on 10/31/2017 4:53:36 AM

Eric Reidy, investigative reporterInvestigative journalist Eric Reidy will discuss how and why migrants and refugees from East and West Africa risk their lives to enter Europe. In particular, he will describe the route that many migrants take through Libya, where they cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. 

Reidy’s talk, titled “Libya is Hell for Migrants: Italy, the EU, and Inhumanity in the Mediterranean,” will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:30–6:30 p.m. in McVitty Auditorium in Sprowls Hall.

Eric Reidy is based in Beirut, Lebanon. His reporting has taken him around the Mediterranean covering numerous topics in nearly a dozen countries, with a current focus on migration and refugees. In 2016, he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and for the Kurt Schork Memorial Award for International Journalism for his work on Ghost Boat, an investigative series about the disappearance of 243 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. Reidy has written for WIRED Magazine, The New Republic,, Foreign Policy, and VICE News, among other outlets. Learn more about Reidy’s work through his website.

Reidy’s presentation is free and open to the public, and attendance vouchers will be offered. The presentation is cohosted by the Pan-African Studies Program, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Anthropology. Please direct questions to Marveta Ryan-Sams at or Rachel Sternfeld at