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.
Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
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