Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Perspectives on Peace: Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
September 26, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:00pm | Zankel Hall, Teachers College

Short Documentaries Screening & Panel Discussion

As part of our 2nd annual Perspectives on Peace, we hosted this as the Fall Kick-Off event, titled Perspectives on Peace: Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis along with a coalition of Columbia centers, programs, and student organizations. Event was co-sponsored with our partners, MD-ICCCR and NECR, and the Peace Education Network (PEN),a student group with advisor Dr. Felisa Tibbitts.

The screening included three short documentary films, including: two videos from the Capture the Moment: Mobile Education Competition hosted by “Their World at School” (Capture the Moment: Mahdi Seyit and Capture the Moment: Nessim Stevenson and Ghinwa Daher) and the NYTimes Op-Docs video, Another Kind of Girl. Through these films that respectively gave portraits of life in urban areas of Lebanon and in a refugee camp in Jordan, and the following discussion with expert insight, this Perspectives on Peace session provided up-close examination of some of the communities impacted by the current refugee crisis and creative responses being done to deliver the right to education to refugees.

Following the screening, the audience heard presentations and joined in conversation with Bruce M. Usher, Professor of Practice and Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at the Columbia Business School; Community Artist and Producer & Editor of Another Kind of Girl, Laura Doggett; Nada Elatter, Director of Global Social Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop; Aline Sara, Founder and CEO of NaTakallam; and Dr. Felisa Tibbitts, lecturer in the International Education Development Program at Teachers College

Networking, 5:00 p.m.
Films & Discussion, 5:30 p.m.
Reception, 7:30pm

Listen to the presentations and discussion:

Tabling Organizations
Participants in the networking session included the following.

Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) (co-host)

Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4(co-host)

Peace Education Network (PEN) (co-host)

ANCoRS, the Association for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Students

The Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at the School Of Professional Studies (NECR)

Students Organize for Syria

Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Spectrum- LGBTQ and Straight Allies Network, SIPA

Social Intervention Group, School of Social Work

Migration Working Group

Meaningful World

Human Rights Working Group, SIPA

Humanitarian Affairs Working Group, SIPA

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

International Rescue Committee, NY

Tanenbaum Center Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA)

Tuesday’s Children

Women in Peace and Security (WIPS)

Questions or inquiries about the event? Contact Meredith Smith at

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