World on the Move: 250,000 years of Human Migration

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World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration

Explore humanity's migration journey for free at the World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration exhibition in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library during regular open hours.

Engage with interactive displays centered on four pivotal questions:

  1. Where do we come from?
  2. Why do we move?
  3. How does migration change us?
  4. Where are we going?

More Details

  • Location: King Library, Third Floor
  • Duration: September 11 – October 20, 2023
  • Hours: Available during library's open hours
  • Audience: All ages
  • Cost: Free

Don't Miss This Exclusive Exhibit

In partnership with San José State University Library, San José Public Library is honored to be one of only fifteen U.S. libraries featuring this exhibit. Bring your friends, family, and groups for this unique experience. Class visits, school groups, and community partners are invited, as well.

Special Events & Programs

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate the culture, history, influence, and contributions of those who share ancestors from Spain and Latin America. September 15 to October 15, 2023.


Fall into Fiction

Share your migration tales through our short story contest. Submissions due September 30, 2023. Additional information coming soon!

Special Guest Lecture

  • Featuring Dr. Julia E. Curry Rodríguez, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, San José State University, who will give a free, public lecture/presentation entitled, "Immigrants and Refugees Negotiating Public Spaces: Past & Present Contributions, Imaginations, and Resourcefulness"
  • When: Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 3rd Floor, SJPL Works



American Anthropological Association
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Text: SJSU King Library.

Exhibition Credit

World on the Move: 250,000 years of Human Migration was developed by the American Anthropological Association, together with the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Smithsonian Exhibits. It is administered by the American Library Association's Public Programs Office.