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April 15, 2016 - 

Students taking “Introduction to Critical Refugee Studies” this semester will host a series of events next week to raise awareness about refugee issues and critique conventional representations of refugees.

April 14, 2016 - 

amil stepped off a plane in Atlanta on Nov. 13, eager to begin a new life after fleeing Syria’s civil war.

Coming to the United States was the dream that sustained him through more than three years as a refugee. But the timing of his arrival could not have been worse: on the same day Jamil flew into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Islamic State terrorists launched coordinated assaults in Paris that killed 130.

The backlash was immediate. Days after Jamil touched down in Atlanta, more than two dozen U.S. governors, including Georgia’s, were vowing to halt the resettlement of Syrians in their communities.

Jamil and other Syrian refugees in Georgia say that reaction is wrongheaded. The vetting process for refugees, they say, is so lengthy and exhaustive that true bad actors can find much easier ways to infiltrate the U.S.

April 14, 2016 - 

The International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW), an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective, will host its annual World Citizen Celebration dinner on Sat., April 30.

The event will be held at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave. in Milwaukee, with a reception and silent auction at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and awards presentation at 8:00 p.m.

The 2016 event will salute those that have played a leadership role in shaping the IIW and its commitment to the local and global communities.

April 13, 2016 - 

A two-day interdisciplinary conference called “Fight and Refugee: The European Crisis in Global Perspective” kicked off Tuesday with a talk with a panel of refugees currently living in Charlottesville.

Religious Studies Prof. Asher Biemann, director of the Center for German Studies — which hosted the event — said the goal of the panel was to listen to and learn from the refugee community.

Following welcoming addresses by Biemann, Art Prof. Francesca Fiorani and Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, representatives from the International Rescue Committee — a co-sponsor of the event — discussed the European Crisis and its efforts to help refugees in Charlottesville.