Summer Speaker Series Focuses on Refugees in the US

Marlboro College will be hosting a five-part series of captivating talks, from July 5 to August 2, providing facts and understandings on the current refugee situation in the US. The series, titled “Refugees in the USA Today: Gaining Some Perspective,” runs concurrent with Marlboro’s MAT in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) summer residency, but is open to the interested public.

“There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, yet only a small percentage of these are ‘resettled,’” said Beverley Burkett, chair of Marlboro’s MATESOL program.  “Although the refugee crisis is a global problem, very few Americans know about refugees in their own country, their status, the resettlement process, the joys and the challenges of building a new life.”

Marlboro College recently entered a partnership with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), creating an English for Refugees Fellowship, making this speaker series particularly apt. The fellowship enables MATESOL students to serve at one of six resettlement centers in the U.S., and to teach English to refugees and immigrants while completing their graduate degree.

For a list of speakers and titled, go to the English for Refugees page. All talks take place Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 pm, in Marlboro’s Snyder Center for the Visual Arts. Participants are asked to register online. Suggested donation is $15 for each talk, or $50 for the whole series.

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