In response to the burgeoning crisis of migration– people fleeing their homes in war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, in countries roiling with decades long upheaval like Libya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Sudan, drug lord tyranny and violence in Central America, and even new climate change refugees–CAPA will offer a Pop-Up course this term to examine how our global community has reacted to this challenge, often with dismal results. With the United States and Europe on the front lines, and with our substantial resources, why is this problem so difficult to solve? In this Module, we will research the history and definitions of refugee resettlement, look at the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, and examine the particulars of the current challenges in Kenya, Australia, Europe, and the U.S. borders with a goal to work on solutions. This Module builds on CAPA’s ongoing engagements with Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, as well as new work in camps in Turkey. This Module will also work towards planning for and facilitating a convening of scholars and professionals in this area for next Spring 2016. We will review scholarly assessments of migration and refugee camps alongside NGO and government reports and journalistic coverage of the current crisis. Texts from the books: “Darkness before Daybreak”, “Committee of One”, “When I Wear my Alligator Boots” and “Managing The Undesirables” will be read.
Susan Sgorbati and David Bond