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Lasell Professor Opens Exhibit with the Boston Mayor’s Office

June 21, 2017

Lasell Professor Dana Janbek, Ph.D., contributed to the creation of the Faces of Syrian Refugees exhibit, now being featured at Boston City Hall through June 30th. The exhibit is being displayed in conjunction with the Mayor's Office in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month.  

"The Faces of Syrian Refugees exhibit is incredibly powerful, and humanizes the refugee crisis in a way that is thought-provoking and leaves a lasting impact," said Mayor Martin Walsh. "I encourage everyone to come visit this exhibit over the course of Immigrant Heritage Month, and experience the story of each individual features in the photos."

To create the exhibit, Professor Janbek traveled to the homes of 20 different refugees with Boston-based photographer Michael Cohen and freelance journalist Amy Bracken. "My co-researchers and I have been meeting with Syrian refugees in Jordan since 2013 and in Germany since 2016 to learn about their lives, their stories of migration, and their conditions in their new host country," says Professor Janbek.  While in the meetings, Professor Janbek communicated fluently in Arabic to the refugees to establish trust and credibility, allowing her to discover more about their personal lives. In this way, Professor Janbek and her colleagues could create the more humanized portraits of the refugees.

The Mayor's Office held a reception for the exhibit at City Hall on June 20th to commemorate World Refugee Day. The exhibit is located in the mezzanine area of the 3rd Floor Lobby of Boston City Hall and will run through June 30th.

Professor Janbek is an Associate Professor of Public Relations, the co-author of Global Terrorism and New Media: The Post-Al Qaeda Generation, and a recognized authority on the use of communication technology by Syrian refugees

Faces of Syrian Refugees