Published February 19, 2015

Series have international flavor

Great Decisions to focus on Syria, five international students to speak

A discussion forum and a luncheon, both with international themes, will be presented at Monmouth College Feb. 25 and 26.
 
The next installment of the Great Decisions program, titled “Syria’s Refugee Crisis,” will be held Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 276 of the Center for Science and Business, while an International Luncheon program will be presented Feb. 26 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Center.
 
Sophomore Adam Johnson, a political science major from Chicago, will introduce the Great Decisions topic, which will be followed by approximately one hour of group discussion.
 
Syrians have for a century welcomed more than a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, as a result of a multiyear civil war, they are on track to soon become the source of the world’s largest refugee population. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the entire international community.
 
Monmouth College is especially aware of the situation in Syria, as 18 Syrian students are currently studying on campus through an Institute of International Education-led consortium that the college joined two years ago.
 
Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.
  
International students Abrafi Osei-Kofi, Mirna Alhanash, Phat Lien Trenh, Sagar Thapa and Nadine Waran will speak at the International Luncheon about their homes and experiences at Monmouth College. They represent, respectively, the countries of Ghana, Syria, Vietnam, Nepal and Malaysia.
 
A buffet lunch, featuring international foods, is available. A meal ticket may be purchased for $8.50 at the luncheon, but lunch reservations must be made two days in advance by calling 309-457-2253. Anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.

 

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