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Refugees: Are They Really Too Risky for America?

Thursday, February 16, 12:00–1:30 P.M. | Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, 3303 Main Street, 77002. Parking available on site and on nearby streets.


After hearing last year's heated campaign rhetoric about whether to accept Syrian refugees in the United States, have you sometimes wondered if refugees really are a security risk that we cannot afford? Here’s your chance to find out how refugees integrate into the U.S., and how U.S. treatment of refugees differs from the European model. Two speakers will share their experiences and views.

Ali al Sudani has seen the refugee process from both sides. After working with the U.S. forces in Iraq, he fled to Jordan because his life was in danger and was eventually approved for resettlement in the United States. He now works the other side of the process as director of refugee services at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, where he helps to resettle more than 600 refugees from different homelands in our city every year. He will enlighten us on the refugee process: who is eligible, what background checks are done, what documents they must provide, which agencies handle the process, how long it typically takes, and what happens when the refugees get here.

Marta Galicki recently returned to Houston from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she taught English and mentored displaced Afghan and Syrian families. Through her volunteer work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a local NGO, she developed friendships as well as a rare perspective on the plight of refugees. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Houston in 1994. While living here she worked as an art and architectural historian on projects in New Orleans, London, and Houston. She also worked at the Menil Collection.

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Registration is on going for fall courses, either online, by email, or by phone. We look forward to sharing the rest of this interesting and challenging fall with you.  

 

The following courses are fully subscribed and have been closed.

Lois Stark: The Telling Image 
Houston Collects: Contemporary Cool in River Oaks

 

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Romantic Rarities with Brian Connelly
Wednesdays, October 18, November 1 and 15, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home, check with registrar for availability

 

Inside the Middle East
October 26, November 2, 9, and 16
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art
1502 Alabama at LaBranch

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Fall 2017 Study Tour

Newport: History Preserved
Thursday, October 26Monday, October 30, 2017
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Spring 2018 Study Tour 

Mexico City: Past, Present, Future
Tuesday, April 3Monday, April 9, 2018
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