Lawrence University will be hosting a symposium on the international refugee crisis November 4-6. This critical and timely topic will be explored through speakers, art, dance, music and film, introducing 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. This event is free and open to the public.

The centerpiece of this multi-day event is a symposium featuring experts from around the globe followed by a concert and performance. It takes place Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. in the Esch Hurvis Room of the Warch Campus Center.

The speakers are:

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 Alumna
Moderator: Claudena Skran, Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science and Professor of Government, Lawrence University Department of Government

This event is free and open to the public.

Full Schedule of Events

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
Films:
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