Examine how one becomes a refugee and the experience they go through during “Refugee for 50 Minutes: From Syria to Germany.”
Academic service-learning students at University of Wisconsin-Superior in professor Khalil “Haji” Doknanchi’s international politics class present their work through the exhibition 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room A.
This exhibition, held in collaboration with the American Red Cross Northland Chapter, teaches the community and university members about the technical aspects of this topic such as the legal definition of a refugee and their rights under international humanitarian law, and some non-technical issues such as living conditions, food and safety in the refugee camps.
“AS-L provides my students with opportunities to see that what learn in the classroom is relevant to our community and how it can help our community,” Dokhanchi said. “It also encourages them to invest more in learning about the course subject matter as they become teachers of our community members. It is really important for people to know who a refugee is and why we need to let them come to our country.”
By examining the current crisis in Syria and how it created a refugee crisis in Europe, this exhibition hopes to teach about the factors that cause people to become a refugee and to better understand their hopes and fears as they embark on their journey. By using an interactive model, participants will learn about choices that are made at each stage of the journey.
“Helping share the message of the importance of having an understanding of international humanitarian law is an important mission of the American Red Cross,” said Dan Williams, executive director of the American Red Cross. “Of particular importance is being able to expose our high school and college students to these issues. This is in order to help them be able to more effectively consume news with an understanding of the underpinnings of legal protections for refugees and those in areas of conflict.”
Great Room A is on the second floor of the Yellowjacket Union, 1605 Catlin Ave.