USF presents second Syrian refugee lecture


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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF Presents Second Syrian Refugee Lecture

(February 24, 2016) — The University of Saint Francis Center for Franciscan Life, in partnership with Fort Wayne for Syrian Refugees, presents “The Syrian Refugee Crisis, Part 2: What Can We Do?” on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the USF North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street, Fort Wayne. This is a free event and open to the public.

A variety of speakers will discuss several aspects of the current Syrian refugee crisis:

  • Dr. James Toole, IPFW associate professor of Political Science – Historical and Political Contexts of War in the Middle East and Eastern Europe
  • Audrey Davis, Social Justice Ministries coordinator, Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese – Personal Responsibility and Caring for the Common Good
  • Dr. Ammar Ghanem, The Syrian American Medical Society and Refugee Relief Work – What Can We Do?
  • Eric Kurtz, Central Mennonite Committee – Responding to Need in Syria and Iraq

In addition, video presentations by Caritas and Legis, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that engage in humanitarian efforts focusing on the refugee crisis, will be shown with further information provided. The work of female Irish activist Caoihme Butterly will also be examined.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is free of charge. For more information, contact Katrina Boedeker in the USF Office for Service and Social Action at 260-399-8080 or


About the University of Saint Francis
Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.



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