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February 2023

Leir Institute Research Symposium (Virtual)

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom

  Join current Fletcher students presenting PhD research supported by the Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security.    Jared Miller - Foundations of Accountable Governance: The Impact of Peacebuilding on Accountable Governance in Nigeria Aruni Jayakody - Commitment and Compliance: Impact of International Human Rights Commitments in Sri Lanka and Nepal Please RSVP via MyFletcher. Attendees will receive the Zoom link via email before the event.

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7th Annual Religion, Law, & Diplomacy Conference: Conservation, Crisis, & Cultural Heritage

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA 02144 United States

The Leir Institute is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Religion, Law, & Diplomacy Conference: Conservation, Crisis, & Cultural Heritage.  This conference will examine the concept of cultural heritage and its connection to religion, while emphasizing the diverse understandings of cultural heritage around the world, particularly those of minority religious or indigenous groups. The conference will engage cultural heritage experts, policymakers, practitioners, students, and scholars to share knowledge, experiences, and recommendations about sustainable and inclusive cultural heritage practices. It will…

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Film Screening & Discussion: Waylaid in Tijuana

February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Boston University, COM Room B05, 640 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

This event is hosted by Boston University's Center on Forced Displacement. Waylaid in Tijuana is a documentary film that explores how immigration policies adopted in Washington, DC reverberate just south of the border in Tijuana, Mexico. It features migrants and asylum seekers from Haiti and Central America, migration experts, government officials, and migrant advocates from the Tijuana/San Diego region who grapple with the consequences of these policies on a daily basis. This screening is followed by a conversation with Katrina…

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Book Talk with Mallika Kaur, author of “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper”

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Murrow Room (Goddard 210), 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Join the Center for Strategic Studies and the Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security, for a book talk with Mallika Kaur author of "Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper". Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper engages the reader to get the root of the Punjab conflict by presenting untold stories through varying timelines via 3 main protagonists and dozens of others who had placed themselves…

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March 2023

Film Screening & Discussion: Flee

March 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

In FLEE, the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen tells a poignant story of belonging and the search for identity. Amin’s life has been defined by his past and a secret he’s kept for over 20 years. Forced to leave his home country of Afghanistan as a young child with his mother and siblings, Amin now grapples with how his past will affect his future in Denmark and the life he is…

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A Conversation with Joy Olson, former Executive Director of the Washington Office on Latin America

March 29 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Crowe Room (Goddard 310), 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Joy Olson, Executive Director of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) from 2003-2016, is a leading expert on human rights and U.S. policy toward Latin America. Under Ms. Olson’s direction, WOLA pioneered new approaches to human rights advocacy, focusing on the underlying causes of injustice, inequality, and violence. Ms. Olson’s special expertise is in the area of military and security policy. She has been a longtime advocate for greater transparency of military programs in Latin America. She co-founded the…

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