In commemoration of World Refugee Day, the CMA hosts the Carolina Peace Resource Center for a panel discussion. Refugee resettlement has recently been at the center of heated political debate about immigration and national security, but this is not the first time that a refugee crisis has generated such controversy. This talk will put current refugee debates into historical perspective and show how refugees have long been subject to competing impulses of humanitarianism and isolationism in American society.
Caroline R. Nagel: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, USC director of the Islamic World Studies Program, and Migration specialist
Thomas Hammond: Journalist, photographed Syrian conflict
Loubna Mrie: participant in the Syrian uprising who is now living as a refugee in New York
Moderator Deborah Billings is a Columbia community member who is active in the Carolina Peace Refugee Task Force. Her current work focuses on expanding access to basic reproductive health care for women and men throughout South Carolina. Her involvement with refugee communities spans 25 years when she lived and worked with rural Guatemalans who fled the civil war in that country. She continues to work in solidarity with communities that have returned to Guatemala since the Peace Accords in the 1990s.
Photo above by Thomas Hammond.