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The Growing Crisis of Refugees and Statelessness: A Practical, Pedagogical Workshop for Community-College Educators

October 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

Cosponsored by European Studies through a grant from the European Commission Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

In this workshop, experts on refugees and statelessness across the globe — Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States — will discuss the causes and effects of rising tides of involuntary migration. Participants will be given opportunities to meet and work with colleagues in their disciplines and programs to develop new courses on refugees and statelessness, and they will learn new content to integrate in the courses they currently teach.

In a series of four sessions, the workshop will provide community college educators with ideas and information useful to teaching undergraduates about migration and both past and impending global transformations. It will explore two of the most pressing issues of our time—refugees and statelessness—through presentations by four experts on crises, causes and solutions. It will also provide opportunities to speak directly with each speaker in Q&A sessions. The events will conclude with small-group discussions among participants that focus on incorporating insights gained from the workshop into community college courses.

This workshop is FULL.


Presented by Anna Oltman, UW-Madison Political Science Ph.D Candidate

About the presentation: Many Americans view Europe, with its common currency, accessible air and train travel, and “open” internal borders, as a continent of free movement. But for asylum seekers and other migrants seeking safety, Europe is a fortress built to keep people out. Efforts at pushing back migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea, poorly resourced detention centers and migrant camps, and inconsistent cooperation across countries have all come to characterize the European treatment of refugees. In this workshop we will discuss the ways that European countries, both together and individually, have created barriers to prevent refugees from reaching the continent. We will also explore the unique ways that European countries have worked together to address the refugee crisis, the challenges of creating a fair international system for aiding refugees, and the prospects for future refugee protection in Europe and the world.


October 7, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm