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Putting A Human Face On Syria

March 31, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Putting a Human Face on Syria

Syria’s civil war has forced nearly half of the nation’s prewar population of 22 million people to be displaced and caused the death of nearly 500,000 others.

Syrian native Jihad Qaddour, an associate professor at Illinois State’s College of Applied Science and Technology, will attempt to answer how one lives in a country divided by civil war or what happens to the people who have become refuges as a result of the fighting. His presentation, “Putting a Human Face on Syria,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 31 in the South Dakota Art Museum auditorium.

Sponsored by the South Dakota World Affairs Council, the program will be moderated by Michael Saba, a fundraising consultant for the Avera McKennan Foundation. Saba, who has worked internationally since the 1960s, is the grandson of migrants who arrived in North Dakota in the early 20th century when Lebanon was a part of Syria.

Additionally, Joseph Schartz, a South Dakota State University journalism major from Humboldt, will summarize a panel discussion with U.S. State Department officials who spoke at the World Affairs Councils of America Annual Conference that Schartz attended in Washington, D.C., as a SDWAC student representative.

Other speakers include Kristyne Walth, a volunteer and community outreach staff member at the Center for New Americans with Lutheran Social Services, the South Dakota organization that assists in the resettlement of a growing number of immigrants coming from many parts of the world to Sioux Falls.

Eckhard Rolz, professor of modern language at South Dakota State University, will talk about the study abroad project he will be leading this summer with 10 SDSU students who will provide services to unaccompanied Syrian teenagers in a German refugee camp.

The program is free and open to the public. SDWAC programs are designed to present information but do not take a stand on issues.

Refreshments will be available.

The South Dakota Art Museum is located at 1036 Medary Ave., in Brookings, with entrance at ground level. Street parking is available with additional space across the street in the lot by the Tompkins Alumni Association.

For more information, please call (605) 691-2687.


March 31, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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South Dakota World Affairs Council


South Dakota Art Museum Auditorium
1036 Medary Ave
Brookings, SD 57006 United States
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