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Nothing could be more timely than SMU’s Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium, scheduled to take place next week.

The event, titled “Whose Protection? Interrogating Displacement and the Limits of Humanitarian Welcome” was organized by four Anthropology graduate students, including Shay Cannedy.

“Given current large-scale refugee movements in Europe and the Syrian refugee controversies in Texas, we thought a symposium would be a good way to open discussion on the topic and bring forth something from our own research,” Cannedy says. “A lot of countries are rethinking their migration policies and how we treat asylum seekers, so it’s on the forefront of people’s minds right now.”

David Haines, a professor at George Mason University specializing in refugee resettlement, will deliver the keynote address at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 28. The next day at 3 p.m., Ghada Mukdad will talk about her personal experiences as a Syrian refugee. Afterwards, a handful of Anthropology students will share their research on international refugee and immigration topics.

All presentations take place in room 144 of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. Admission is free, but RSVPs are encouraged. Email Cannedy at Click here for more details about the Jan. 29 portion of the symposium.






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