Forced Displacement and the Challenges of Glocal (global/local) Citizenship
Friday, January 23, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Smith College conference center.
Free to undergraduate students at the Five Colleges. Breakfast and lunch provided.
Registration is required.
Registration is now CLOSED.
Immigration, forced displacement and refugees are both a global and local concern, drawing the attention of politicians, policy makers, and the public at large. In the past several years increasing numbers of sub-Saharan Africans, joined more recently by Palestinians, Syrians, and Kurds fleeing war zones, have died while crossing the Mediterranean as they've tried to reach Europe. Ongoing political insecurity and war in Latin America and countries such as Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, and Syria are forcing people to flee their homes to become refugees in countries ill prepared or reluctant to welcome them.
The January conference will focus on the local impacts of these various and multi-faceted global crises. Bringing together faculty and students at Smith and other area colleges and universities with community partners who work on behalf of immigrants and refugees in our region, the conference aims to deepen our knowledge of the issues and concerns facing these communities and local organizations with the hope that our common interests will lead to useful results.
9:00 am Light breakfast
9:30 am Opening remarks
9:05 am Panel 1 - Mapping Forced Displacement
11:15 am Panel 2 - Navigating Local Community Resources
12:30 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Networking and Action - Where Do We Go From Here
2:45 pm Closing Remarks
Spring Lecture Series
In partnership with the Lewis Global Studies Center and the Center for Community Collaboration, a global lecture series will be offered the spring semester 2015 to continue the conversation.