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In Chicago: A Focus on Refugees, Fragile States and Our Communities

Event Date:

October 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM EDT
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ISIS fighters executed and enslaved thousands of ethnic Yazidis in northern Iraq in the summer of...

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The Yazidis' top spiritual leader, Baba Sheikh (left), tells a group of ISIS survivors that he will pray for them as they head to Europe for trauma treatment. Image by Emily Feldman. Iraq, 2015.

Pulitzer Center grantees Emily Feldman and Alisa Roth speak at City Colleges of Chicago on Wednesday, October 28-Friday, October 30 as part of a three-day collaborative visit between City Colleges, Pulitzer Center and University of Chicago, a Campus Consortium partner.

The visit includes a series of talks at several City Colleges campuses titled, "Refugees, Fragile States and Our Communities - From the Middle East to Chicago," based on their Pulitzer Center-supported reporting. Roth's reporting recently has been featured in the Pulitzer Center's latest e-book, Flight from Syria: Refugee Stories.

Feldman and Roth also will meet with faculty and administrators during a Friday session at Harold Washington College to discuss ways to explore international issues more deeply in college courses. "Bringing Global Stories Home: Integrating From-the-Field Reporting into Educational Curriculum" includes University of Richmond faculty member Don Belt, an adviser to Paul Salopek's Out of Eden Walk project; and Pulitzer Center staff member Ann Peters, who overseas the Campus Consortium network and will explore the Pulitzer Center's newly launched Lesson Builder with the audience.

Mohamed Abdel-Kader, deputy assistant secretary in the Office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, also provides special remarks at the Friday session. The visit is made possible through the University of Chicago regional centers and its international-focused programming.

Feldman is an Istanbul-based journalist, who writes about the humanitarian crises resulting from conflicts in Iraq and Syria, with a special focus on women. For the last two years she has reported on everything from ISIS recruitment to the mass movement of refugees from the region, filing stories from Iraq, Turkey, the Balkans and Western Europe for Mashable and Al-Jazeera America, among others.

Roth, a long-time radio and print journalist, has reported on refugees and asylum seekers in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, NPR, and The World, as well as in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Gastronomica.

Peters currently leads the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium initiative to create awareness campaigns around the global systemic issues that affect us all. Prior to her time at the Center, Peters worked as journalist, lawyer and director of other non-profit initiatives. She began her career as a correspondent for United Press International, eventually reporting from the United States, the Middle East and Africa between 1983 and 1991. Her assignments abroad gave her ample opportunities to cover domestic and international affairs, whether reporting on North Carolina politics, the first Palestinian intifada or Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

"Refugees, Fragile States and Our Communities - From the Middle East to Chicago"
Thursday, October 29
10:00 – 11:30 am
Kennedy-King College
Auditorium Building U
6301 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60621

"Refugees, Fragile States and Our Communities - From the Middle East to Chicago"
Thursday, October 29
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Malcolm X College
Bruce K. Hayden Theater
1900 W. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60612

"Bringing Global Stories Home: Integrating From-the-Field Reporting into Educational Curriculum"
Friday, October 30
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Harold Washington College
Room 203 D
30 East Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601





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