In today’s world it seems as if there are so many endless conflicts between rival nations, and, as a result, innocent civilians are injured, people flee as refugees, and generations are marred by violence.  Yet, it is possible to move from War to Peace.  Drawing on her 20 years of work in West Africa and […]

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The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis – The Refugee’s Journey with Claudena Skran The war between Russia and Ukraine has created one of the largest refugee movements in modern European history. Join Professor Claudena Skran, Lawrence University, as she traces the journey of women, men, and children from their homes in Ukraine to places of safety in […]

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Meaningful Travel after Covid-19

After more than a year of lockdowns, confinement, and staycations, the COVID-19 vaccine has made it possible for people to think about travelling again. But travel in a post-pandemic world poses new challenges, both physical and emotional. Should we go on as before, renewing plans for cancelled reservations and returning to familiar places? Or is […]

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A Meditation on Water

From fierce floods to calm liquid drawn from a well, water is a natural resource that takes many forms. Recent water-related disasters, including hurricanes in the Caribbean and mud slides in Africa have shown us of the powerful destructive force of too much water. Yet, at the same time, millions of people in the developing […]

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Five Myths About Refugees

Recent restrictions on arrivals in the United States have raised questions about the nature of refugee issues.  Some people argue that refugees threaten the American way of life, while others maintain that assisting refugees is a democratic imperative and humanitarian obligation. While this debate rages nationally and globally, it is also taking place here in […]

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Ebola and the Children of Sierra Leone

How did children experience the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone?  This talk examines the lives of children in diverse settings, from urban Freetown to the rural provinces.  The story starts with the closure of schools in the country for eight months and examines the impact of this on the education of children.  The talk also […]

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Understanding Ebola: Fear And Heroism

Now that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is diminishing, it is a good time to reflect on the meaning of this global health crisis. On the one hand, an immediate response to the spread of the disease was fear, a reaction increased by the media coverage of the epidemic. On the other, some individuals […]

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