Refugee Symposium

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.

For questions contact:
Nancy Anderson

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)
    Preschool Teacher
  • 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.  

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
Session 5: Media’s Role in Covering Refugees

Discussant: Janice Barrett, Ed.D.

  • Amy Bracken
    Independent Journalist
  • Shannon Dooling
    Field Producer and Reporter, WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station
  • Renée Silverman
    Co-Director & Co-Producer, Refugee Kids

Event Sponsors

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.