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The Syrian Refugee Crisis Lecture

RCC recently hosted a lecture on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Dr. Dana Janbek of Lasell College and Dr. Madeline Otis Campbell of Worcester State University shared their expertise on the political-economic conditions of refugees from Syria. After four recent visits to Zaatari, the largest refugee camp in Jordan, they have returned with stories and pictures, which they are now sharing with students of higher education across the Commonwealth.

Syrian Refuge Crisis LectureThe focus of Dr. Jankbek and Dr. Otis Campbell's research is on the refugees' need for cellphones, specifically smartphones, which are required not only to communicate with family members, but which are also necessary to access NGOs, pursue job leads, and navigate their new cities. However, the purpose of this lecture was to present a brief history of the refugee situation, describe the present conditions in the camps and to share what "glimmers" of hope exist. With slides and stories, Dr. Janbek and Dr. Campbell painted a vivid picture of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

The lecturers allowed ample time for questions and answers; the students were very engaged and had excellent questions and comments. A few students shared their own experiences as refugees.

The event, which was held in the Faculty lounge, was well received – standing room only - with approximately 70 guests, comprising students and faculty.

This event was sponsored by the RCC International-Multicultural Institute and MaCIE.

Submitted by Professor McCormack, Professor of ESOL and Coordinator of the RCC International-Multicultural Institute. Professor McCormack is also a member of MaCIE (Ma Council for International Education).