World Refugee Day
How Can Universities Support Refugees?
With Dr. Ghada Ageel and John Doyle
Thursday, June 20, 2019
What Role for University-based Supporters
June 20, has been selected by the United Nations as a day to commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of refugees, who now number 25 million globally. For almost twenty years, on World Refugee Day, schools, municipalities, faith groups, and NGOs in Canada have shared ways to stand together with refugees, asylum claimants, and internally displaced persons.
What actions could groups or individuals at universities be taking up to lend further support?
This year, two presenters from the University community will examine this question by describing their involvement in supporting Palestinian refugees abroad. Dr. Ghada Ageel is a visiting professor at UAlberta's Political Science Department, an independent scholar, and active in the Faculty4Palestine-Alberta. John Doyle recently retired from the School of Business’ Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS), and last summer and fall taught at two Palestinian refugee camps in Sour (Tyre), Lebanon.
The speakers' experiences with refugees are quite different, but both find the principle of sumoud (roughly, steadfastness) valuable for describing how actions by Canada-based supporters of refugees might be sustained.
When: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, Thursday, June 20, 2019
Where: 131 Telus Building