Free, thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing our communities produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records.
Rescued Lives, Transformed Communities: Refugee Resettlement in Arizona
March 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Lori Robinson, MSW Candidate, ASU School of Social Work
Emily Taylor, International Rescue Committee-Phoenix
According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there are currently over 60,000,000 displaced persons in the world, most of them women and children. Less than one percent of the refugees worldwide are offered the opportunity to build new lives in another country. What does it mean to be a refugee? What do refugees experience before coming to the United States? Is it the responsibility of the United States and other developed nations to provide protection, safety and resources to individuals who are escaping conflict and persecution? Learn about the history of refugee resettlement, the current overseas and domestic processing of refugees living in the United States and the refugee resettlement programs in Arizona. Engage in dialogue about the complexity of the refugee experience, how refugees enrich our local communities and how you can be more involved.
What are FRANK Talks?
FRANK Talks are face-to-face conversations on ideas that matter. Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance in local libraries at a single-session 75-minute program, led by a humanities scholar/expert on the topic. FRANK Talks engage participants with important issues and provide the opportunity to put them in context, weigh facts, and consider different points of view. The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. Topics can include: education, immigration, religion, civil rights, veterans and more.
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