Tomorrow, Human Rights Program: Seeking Refuge in a Changing World

Seeking Refuge in a Changing World Symposium

Thursday, April 19, 9:00am-7:00pm
120 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Free and Open to the Public

Join us for the culminating event of the "Seeking Refuge in a Changing World" series, a full day symposium featuring panels on Refugee Resettlement, Climate Refugees, and Islamophobia. Keynote address will be given by historian Maria Cristina Garcia, author of The Refugee Challenge in Post-Cold War America, a study of the actors and interests that have shaped US refugee policy in the Post-Cold War and post 9/11 era.

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  • 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM - Morning Refreshments and Registration
  • 9:30 AM to 9:45 AM - Opening Remarks, Evelyn Davidheiser, Director, Institute for Global Studies
  • 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM - Keynote - Maria Cristina Garcia, Department of History and the Latino Studies Program, Cornell University - "Should the United States have a Climate Refugee Policy?"
  • 11:15 - 12:30 - Panel 1 - Refugee Resettlement: Micaela Schuneman, Refugee Services Director, International Institute of Minnesota, KaYing Yang, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
  • Moderator - Saengmany Ratsabout, Program Coordinator, Immigration History Research Center
  • 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:45 - Panel 2 - Climate Refugees: Jack DeWaard, Sociology and Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, Kate Knuth, Ph.D. Candidate, Conservation Sciences and Institute on the Environment Fellow, University of Minnesota, Mark Ritchie, President and CEO of Minnesota World's Fair Bid Committee, Expo 2027; former Minnesota Secretary of State. Moderator - Maria Cristina Garcia, Department of History and the Latino Studies Program, Cornell University
  • 3:00 - 4:15 - Panel 3 - Islamophobia: Hassan Abdel Salam, Sociology and Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota, Naaima Khan, Vice Chair of the Board, Islamic Resource Group, Eaint Thiri Thu, Master of Human Rights graduate student, University of Minnesota. Moderator - Erika Lee, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director, Immigration History Research Center. 
The Seeking Refuge in a Changing World Symposium is organized and supported by the Institute for Global Studies, African Studies Initiative, Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Human Rights Program, and the Immigration History Research Center.

Tales of Time: A Staged Reading

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

A reading of Tales of Time, a short play about an uncle raising his second generation Somali-America niece, by the New Arab American Theater Works, will follow the symposium panels. A short Q&A and reception following the performance.

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE: This event will be held in Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs - just a short walk from Andersen Library where the symposium is being held.

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The staged reading is possible with the support from Women and Girls of Color Engagement and Research Initiative at the University of Minnesota.
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