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Furman Hosts Series Addressing Global Refugee Crisis

Furman University will present a series of five events addressing the global refugee crisis. The series begins Wednesday Oct. 26 and runs through Monday, Nov. 7.

“Refugee Crisis: Local and Global Responses,” is free and open to the public. All events are part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

The series is presented with the help of and funding from Furman University’s Amnesty International, the Muslim Student Association, the Jewish Student Association, the Student Diversity Council, the Religious Council,  the Departments of Religion, History, Political Science, and Sociology, the Chaplain’s office, and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Interdisciplinary minor. Additional funding for the program comes from the Kendrick Poerschke fund and the A J Head fund. A schedule of events follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Johns Hall 101
Syrian Refugee Crisis—Why does it matter and what should we do?
Speakers: Dr. Akan Malici, Furman Department of Political Science, and Roya Naderi, Karam Foundation Headquarter Manager

Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Johns Hall 101
Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis with Love and Not Fear
Speaker: Rev. Jason Lee, Spartanburg

Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Daniel Memorial Chapel
A faith-based reflection on the global refugee crisis
Speaker: Don Kerwin, Center for Migration Studies, NY (CMSNY)

Monday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m., Trone Student Center, Watkins Room
Refugee Crisis on both sides of the Atlantic: Academic perspectives and practical experiences
Speakers: Dr. Phil Dorroll, Wofford College; Furman graduates Sami Alkoutami (Class of 2016), and Jenna Barnett (Class of 2013); and Furman sophomore Juhee Bhatt

Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Trone Student Center, Watkins Room
How to Welcome Refugees: A conversation with an education advocate and refugee from Afghanistan
Speakers: Furman graduate Jenna Barnett (Class of 2013), and Farahnaz Afaq, a student at Wofford College.

For more information, contact the Furman News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107. Or contact Dr. Alfons Teipen at alfons.teipen@furman.edu.

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