As the Syrian refugee crisis continues to unfold, it becomes more important than ever to understand refugee issues. Refugees and experts from different domains will be speaking on the social, legal, political, and economic aspects of the refugee experience. The Symposium aims to educate and generate a discussion about these important and timely topics.
This event is open to the public.
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The Displaced: A Symposium on Refugees
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
de Witt Hall, Winslow Academic Center
9:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Session 1: Refugee Realities I
Discussant: Dennis Frey Jr, Ph.D.
- Omar Bah
Founder & Executive Director, Refugee Dream Center
- Eva A. Millona
Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
- Jennifer Sato
Program Coordinator, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 2: Refugee Voices
Discussant: Reverend Thomas Sullivan, Ph.D.
- Dana Al-Refae (Syria)
System Developer/Analyst, Lasell College
- Amira Elamri (Syria)
- Mary Black (Austria, England)
Lasell Village Resident
- Richard N. Lundula (DR Congo)
Supervisor, Private company
- Marie Jose Mbuyi Tshidibi (DR Congo)
Financial Auditor of Taxes
- Max Michelson (Latvia)
Lasell Village Resident
Leonard Tshitenge (DR Congo)
Congolese Activist and Poet, Translator
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Session 3: Research with Syrian Refugees
Introduction: Dana Janbek, Ph.D.
Discussant: Tessa le Roux, Ph.D.
- Merissa Khurma
Graduate Student, Harvard University
- Madeline Otis Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Worcester State University
- Melissa Wall, Ph.D.
Professor of Journalism, California State University – Northridge
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session 4: Refugee Realities II
Discussant: Stephanie Athey, Ph.D.
- Stephanie Gee, J.D.
Refugee Rights Fellow, Human Rights Watch
- Sarah Kimball, MD
Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
- Anita P. Sharma, J.D., LL.M
Co-Executive Director, Director of the Asylum Program, PAIR Project
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Session 5: Media’s Role in Covering Refugees
Discussant: Janice Barrett, Ed.D.
- Amy Bracken
- Shannon Dooling
Field Producer and Reporter, WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station
- Renée Silverman
Co-Director & Co-Producer, Refugee Kids
Special thanks for the generous contributions of the following offices and departments: Academic Affairs, the Department of Communication, the Department of Social Sciences, Honors Program, the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Center for Spiritual Life, and RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.