—–Friday, January 29th —–
OPENING RECEPTION, 6-6:30 PM, Hinman Forum, Rockefeller Center
EVENING SESSION, 6:30-8:45 PM, Silsby 028
“Journey of Loss and Hope”, 6:30-7:30 PM
During the final months of 2015, photographer James Nachtwey made two journeys to document the historic migration of refugees from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa and South Asia as they entered Greece by sea, then streamed across Europe. His photographs portray the arduous conditions endured by the migrants as well as the emotional impact of their ordeal. The work represents a visual first draft of history, viewed from ground level by a single pair of eyes, and is an attempt to cut through the abstraction of statistics and perceive the migration from the point of view of individual human beings.
Salam Neighbor, 7:30-8:45 PM
Free Public Film Screening
“Every person who watches this film can play an active role in dispelling fear and unlocking the resources needed to create a positive future, not only for refugees, but for the entire region. Together we can support host countries. We can open our own borders to refugees. We can prevent a lost generation of children by supporting education and we can even begin to see this crisis as an opportunity for women and girls to be empowered to take control of their lives. There is only one way forward if we want long term peace; we must start treating refugees, not as a burden, but as our neighbors.” – Director’s statement
—–Saturday, January 30th —–
WELCOME BREAKFAST, 8:30-9 AM, Russo Gallery, Haldeman Center
“Different Roots, Common Dreams”
with Photographs by Becky Field
Becky Field is a local photographer from Concord, NH who has recently debuted 133 photographs in her book Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity, illustrating the beauty and resilience of new American families and describing the joys and challenges of finding home in a new land. The photographs show workplaces, funerals, weddings, children at play, sacred ceremonies, and colorful celebrations. From January 30- February 7th, she will display 18 of these photographs at the Russo Gallery.
MORNING SESSION, 9-11 AM, Kemeny 008
Setting the Scene, 9-9:30 AM
Former Ambassador Ronald Kuchel
The former US Ambassador to Zambia will help contextualize our day, starting with a broad overview of the complexity of situations which Syrian refugees are forced into, and defining terminology which will be used throughout the day, such as the differences between immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
“Over Borders, Under Protected: Global Forced Displacement and Implications for Refugee Health“, 9:30-10:10 AM
David Sussman, PhD
Lecturer at Tufts University
Drawing upon academic and field experience, Dr. Sussman will provide insights into current dimensions of forced displacement at a global level, as well as key health issues facing refugees in camps and cities.
“Syrian Refugee in Jordan: ‘Should I stay or should I go?’”, 10:30-11 AM
Amer Al-Nimr, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dr. Al-Nimr has been observing the growth of the camps and the health status of the refugees in Za’atari and later Mrajeeb El Fhood camp and Azraq camps in Jordan. He his currently coordinating with the Jordanian Ministry of Health and the UNHCR to open a recurring GI clinic at Azraq camp.
CASE STUDY AND LUNCH, 11-12:40 PM, Haldeman 031, 124, 125, 028 & Kemeny 008
We will apply an interdisciplinary approach to refugee health in a way that allow students and community members to actively engage and problem solve together. The five areas of study through which lens we will be looking include: government, economics, health, human rights, and engineering.
AFTERNOON SESSION, 12:40-1:40 & 2-4:30PM, Kemeny 008
“Defining Refugees: Legal Distinctions & Processes”, 12:40-1 PM
Erin Jacobsen, JD
Attorney South Royalton Law Clinic, Assistant Professor of Law at Vermont Law School
Professor Jacobsen will introduce some of the legal logistics refugees and asylum seekers have to go through to ensure a successful resettlement process.
“Overview of Recent Refugee Arrivals & Policy Issues in Refugee Resettlement”, 1-1:40 PM
Paul Geltman, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Health Policy & Social Services Research at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Geltman will present an overview of the demographics of recent arrivals, giving us perspective through the cases and research he has worked on with refugees in the US. He will also elaborate on how unaccompanied minors are received and accommodated by US. healthcare policy under the Affordable Care Act.
Breakout Sessions: Understanding the Resettlement Process, 2-3 PM
Kim-Yen Vu, MBA, “Journey to a Promising Land”, Haldeman 028
Paula Mahon, MD,
“A Case for Longitudinal Primary Care in Newly Arrived Refugee Populations”, Haldeman 031
Kate Semple-Barta, JD & Erin Jacobsen, JD , “Doctors & Lawyers: Humanitarian Immigration Cases & Collaborative Approaches to Winning Them”, Haldeman 125
The speakers of this breakout session will give attendees an account of their experiences as: a refugee turned case manager who had worked with incoming families, receiving them at the airport and settling them into apartments and jobs; a family physician who has worked with thousands of refugees as they fulfill their health screening requirements, work with interpreters, and as she followed them as their eventual family physician, and the legal challenges refugees and asylum seekers face in putting down roots in the US.
Panel on Mental Health, 3-4 PM
Yvonne Kwan, PhD — Sara Mostafa, MD — Karen Fondacaro, PhD
This panel will discuss mental health for refugees and asylum seekers from different lenses—sociological aspects of transgenerational war trauma, and psychiatric aspects both in terms of acute and long term management.
“Home is ”, 4-4:05 PM
A short film representing diverse experiences and ideas of home.