Seeking Refuge: Local and Global Perspectives

A multifaceted look at immigration & the international refugee crisis
November 4-6, 2018

All events are free and open to the public.

The massive number of refugees currently seeking asylum in the US and other countries in order to escape intolerable living conditions in their own nations has rapidly escalated into one of the most pressing—and heartrending—issues of the day.  We at Lawrence encounter the crisis locally, both in our city and on campus, with students and residents arriving regularly from beleaguered countries. This symposium will introduce the community to people who are themselves refugees; to medical, legal and journalism professionals who provide refugee services; to artists and musicians who have chronicled the loss of homeland; and to scholars who examine and write about the economic and ethical implications of immigration.

View the Seeley G. Mudd Library resource page for a rich array of materials. 

Nov. 1-6, 2018

Art exhibit at Wriston Art Center 
Exhibit in Seeley G. Mudd Library
Photography exhibit in Warch Campus Center 

Sunday, Nov. 4  Warch Campus Center Cinema

6 p.m. A Local Perspective on the Refugee Crisis with Joseph Kabamba, Resettlement Specialist at World Relief and refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tami McLaughlin, director of World Relief Fox Valley
7 p.m. Myanmar's Killing Fields (57 minutes)
8 p.m. The Pirogue (Moussa Toure, 2012) (87 minutes)

Monday, Nov. 5  Esch-Hurvis Room, Warch Campus Center
7–9 p.m. Symposium 

Speakers: David Hausman, Attorney, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Liza Ramlow, Nurse-Midwife, Doctors Without Borders
Mark Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Amel Abbas ’14, Iraqi Refugee and Lawrence University Alumnus
Moderator: Claudena Skran, Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science and Professor of Government, Lawrence University Department of Government

9 p.m.-10 p.m.—Concert of music by and about refugees performed by students and faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music  View the program

10 p.m. Reception and networking opportunity

Tuesday, Nov. 6, Mead Witter Room, Warch Campus Center (note new location)

4:30 p.m. Main Hall Forum: Dollars and Sense of the Refugee Crisis
Shyam Souri Suresh, Professor of Economics, Davidson University
Harry Brighouse, Professor of Philosophy, UW-Madison