An Exploration of HOME

Is HOME a place? If so, how do we know when we've arrived? If HOME is an idea, who defines that idea? What if we don't have a physical home or prefer to travel rather than staying in one place -- can we call anywhere HOME?  

Explore these creative works to wrestle with these and other questions about HOME. Feel free to send us your ideas on other resources that explore the rich and varied nature of HOME by emailing


The Odyssey by Homer (800 BCE)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)

You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe (1940)

Home to Harmony by Phillip Gulley (2000)

Home by Marilynne Robinson (2008)

Home by Toni Morrison (2011)

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (2011)



The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells (2005)

There Goes the Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up by Lance Freeman (2006)

Migration Miracle: Faith, Hope, and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey by Jacqueline Maria Hagan (2009)

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (2010)

If These Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley (2011)

Where Mercy and Truth Meet: Homeless Women of Wheeler Speak an INwords Publication (2015)


TEDx Talks (Video)

Where is Home?, TED Talk Edinburgh, Scotland – Pico Iyer

Facing Homelessness, TEDx Ranier – Rex Hohlbein

What If You Were an Immigrant?, TEDx Portland – Ben Huh

What You Don’t Understand about Gentrification, TEDx New York – Stacey Sutton

Homeless by Design, TEDx Indianapolis – Maurice Young

Tiny House Movement, TEDx Colorado Springs – Andrew Morrison

Energy Efficient Homes, TEDx The Evergreen State University – Scott Bergford



A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry

Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale by Hollis Heath, Jaylene Clark, and Janelle Heatley

Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris (2011)