Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Perspectives on Peace: Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
September 26, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:00pm | Zankel Hall, Teachers College
Short Documentaries Screening & Discussion
As part of our 2nd annual Perspectives on Peace, we hosted this as the Fall Kick-Off event, titled Perspectives on Peace: Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis along with a coalition of Columbia centers, programs, and student organizations. Event was co-sponsored with our partners, MD-ICCCR and NECR, and the Peace Education Network (PEN),a student group with advisor Dr. Felisa Tibbitts.
The screening included three short documentary films, including: two videos from the Capture the Moment: Mobile Education Competition hosted by “Their World at School” (Capture the Moment: Mahdi Seyit and Capture the Moment: Nessim Stevenson and Ghinwa Daher) and the NYTimes Op-Docs video, Another Kind of Girl. Through these films that respectively gave portraits of life in urban areas of Lebanon and in a refugee camp in Jordan, and the following discussion with expert insight, this Perspectives on Peace session provided up-close examination of some of the communities impacted by the current refugee crisis and creative responses being done to deliver the right to education to refugees.
Following the screening, the audience heard presentations and joined in conversation with Bruce M. Usher, Professor of Practice and Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at the Columbia Business School; Community Artist and Producer & Editor of Another Kind of Girl, Laura Doggett; Nada Elatter, Director of Global Social Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop; Aline Sara, Founder and CEO of NaTakallam; and Dr. Felisa Tibbitts, lecturer in the International Education Development Program at Teachers College
Networking, 5:00 p.m.
Films & Discussion, 5:30 p.m.
Participants in the networking session included the following.
Peace Education Network (PEN) (co-host)
Spectrum- LGBTQ and Straight Allies Network, SIPA
Social Intervention Group, School of Social Work
Human Rights Working Group, SIPA
Humanitarian Affairs Working Group, SIPA
International Rescue Committee, NY
Tanenbaum Center Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA)
Women in Peace and Security (WIPS)
Questions or inquiries about the event? Contact Meredith Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.