A public symposium sponsored by Green Mountain College bringing together scholarly perspectives and stakeholder voices in order to raise awareness and enrich dialogue around the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Vermont.
This symposium brings together three national scholars on the Syrian refugee crisis. Dr. Wendy Pearlman (Northwestern), Dr. Clare Gillis (Marlboro College/Dartmouth College) and Ms. Mehlaqa Samdani (Critical Connections) will discuss the origins and evolution of the Syrian conflict, examine its broader historical and global contexts within refugee and forced migration trends, and explore the integration of Islamic migrants and refugees into American communities. One panel discussion will bring together local stakeholders to discuss their work in Rutland County; another panel discussion will highlight the challenges and opportunities Syrians will face rebuilding their food, gardening and agricultural ways in a new land. Food will be served and everyone is welcome. Please contact Dr. Mark Dailey (Anthropology) with any questions at 802-287-8267.