People who are paid to smuggle other humans, known as passeurs in French, have served different waves of migrants since World War II, including Jews, Eastern Europeans, Africans and Syrians. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies will host “Passeurs: Narratives of ‘Illegal’ Migration across the Western Alps.”

Leading the program will be doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the department of Italian, Federica Di Blasio. She will present biographies, documentaries and novels that highlight the role passeurs have played in history, specifically for those who crossed the Western Alps and French-Italian border.

The event is free and will begin at noon in 10383 Bunche Hall. RSVPs are not required.