The cost of this 4-part course is $25 dollars. Registration forms are available at the library and online.
There is greater social upheaval and forced human migration today than at any time since the mid-twentieth century. What is driving the current global refugee crises and what are the responses? In this course, we will examine the historical circumstances that have contributed to political and social unrest in places like Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. We will learn about the ethno-religious and political conflicts that are driving upheaval. We will also explore perceptions of and responses to these crises in nations of Europe and North America. What are the attitudes toward people seeking asylum and how do these attitudes influence immigration policies? What are the policies designed to keep migrants out, and for countries that are accepting refugees, how effective are efforts to help them?
Week 1 – Course Introduction: Overview of current refugee crises
Week 2 – Cultural-Historical Context, part 1 Study of the historical political, economic, and social situation in Nigeria, Sudan/South Sudan, Congo
Week 3– Cultural-Historical Context, part 2 Study of the historical political, economic, and social situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria
Week 4 – Responses: Who is the refugee? What are attitudes (government, populous) toward asylum seekers in Europe and the US? When and why should refugees return or resettle? What are the efforts to help integrate refugees?
Dr. Jonathan Golden is Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Comparative Religion, Drew University. He holds a PhD in Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania), specializing in the study of ancient and modern cultures of the Middle East