• Registration now open! 2018 Global Shifts Colloquium
  • Registration now open! 2018 Global Shifts Colloquium

    Perry World House presents its 2018 Global Shifts Colloquium:

    "Prospects for Institutional and Policy Reform on International Migration and Refugees"

    Since Perry World House opened its doors in fall 2016, its research theme, "Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography" has explored and raised key policy questions at the intersection of urbanization, migration, and demography, three trends that are collectively transforming the world in profound ways. Our work thus far has focused on the imperative of integration for forced migrants; processes for building inclusive, sustainable cities; and the need for evidence-based policies on refugees and migration. Across all of these issues, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners alike are dissatisfied with the status quo and want more robust, responsive, better coordinated, and durable reform that strengthens the international response to the needs of people who are, for myriad reasons, migrating. Join us for a day of rich discussions about prospects for reform on these issues.

    Register here!

    10:00AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

    • William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House

    10:05-11:30AM Reporting on Refugees and International Migration: The Role and Responsibilities of Journalists and the Media

    • Trudy Rubin, Worldview Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
    • Sasha Polakow-Suransky, Author and Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy
    • Sarah Stillman, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Director, Global Migration Program, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
    • Aidan White, Director and CEO, Ethical Journalism Network
    • Graeme Wood, National Correspondent, The Atlantic; PWH Visiting Fellow

    12:00-1:30PM Keynote Address by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

    With a special introduction by University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett, and followed by a conversation with William Burke-White, Inaugural Director of Perry World House

    1:30-2:15PM Lunch

    2:15-3:45PM Protracted Displacement as a Global Concern: What Needs to Change?

    • Sozi Tulante, City Solicitor, Philadelphia
    • Sarah Costa, Executive Director, Women’s Refugee Commission*
    • Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria
    • Barbara Rijks, Head of Mission Coordination Unit in Baghdad (Iraq), International Organization for Migration
    • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

    4:00-5:15PM Closing Keynote Address (to be announced)

    Followed by a reception

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