Syrian refugee crisis to be subject of presentation by WCU faculty

Western Carolina University will host a “Global Spotlight on the Syrian Refugee Crisis” presentation on campus Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The 4 to 5:30 p.m. event in the Multipurpose Room of A. K. Hinds University Center is free and open to the public, and part of the WCU’s Global Spotlight series.

More than four million people have fled Syria since 2011 to escape the violence, oppression and strife of an ongoing civil war. International attention has been focused on humanitarian aid and how to deal with the refugee situation, while debate continues over sociopolitical ramifications of a displaced population. The scheduled presentations:

Todd Collins, associate professor of political science and public affairs, will discuss “Refugees under International and Domestic Law.”

David Dorondo, associate professor of history, will address “Germany and the Refugee Crisis: As Goes Berlin, So Goes Europe?”

Cyndy Caravelis Hughes, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, will talk about “The Social Justice Implications of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.”

Zachary Gochenour, visiting assistant professor of economics, will discuss “The Economic Effects of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.”

The event is sponsored by WCU’s Political Science and Public Affairs Department, History Department, International Studies Program and Free Enterprise Speaker Series.

For more information, contact Niall Michelsen, director of the International Studies Program, at 828-227-3336 or