Co-sponsored by the Handa Center for Human Rights & International Justice and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.
Late last year, something intriguing was happening: thousands of Canadian citizens were essentially adopting Syrian refugees.
The volunteers were book club members, hockey moms, poker buddies and grandmothers, many with little connection to the Middle East. Few of the Syrians spoke English; some had barely heard of Canada. Many had no idea that eager sponsors planned to spend a year helping them resettle.
Much of the rest of the world was treating refugees with suspicion or hostility. So how was Canada’s national movement to help them going to work out?
In their first few months of reporting, they documented the awkward interactions and growing bonds between the Canadians and the Syrians.
They watched the refugees and their sponsors face wrenching moral questions about relatives half a world away.
They saw how the Canadian help was changing the Syrian families — their roles, their children’s desires and expectations, even their marriages.
Please join us on April 25 when Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn share their experiences of researching and reporting this unusual story.
This event is free and open to the public.