"Passports: Lives in Transit" conceives of passports as the ruins of a modern dream now in terminal crisis – the dream of a globalized world.

Drawing on the collections of Harvard Library, the exhibition addresses this major contemporary issue through the lens of passports, visa applications, and other documents associated with noteworthy 19th- and 20th-century travelers, émigrés and refugees, including George Train, Leon Trotsky, Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, and Shirley Graham Du Bois.

Also on view, items of personal significance to a Harvard student telling the story of his late mother's immigration to the U.S. and how this experienced forever marked her life, as well as a multimedia art installation of used passports purchased online. Both further underscore the exhibition’s engagement with current geopolitics and activism.

The exhibit is open through August 18. See library hours.

Hosted By

  • Geography
  • Sociology