Refugee for 30 Minutes: From Syria to Sweden


UWS Exhibition to Examine Refugee Experience

By Emily Schoenborn

Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) students from Dr. Khalil (Haji) Dokhanchi’ s Political Science 175: Making of a Modern Global System will be presenting their AS-L work through an engaging exhibition entitled “Refugee for 30 Minutes: From Syria to Sweden” on Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room.

The exhibition examines how one becomes a refugee and their experience. The AS-L students will teach the community and university members about the technical aspects of this topic such as the legal definition of who is a refugee and their rights under international humanitarian law and some non-technical issues such as living conditions, food, and safety in the refugee camps.

By looking at the current crisis in Syria and how it created a refugee crisis in Europe, this exhibition hopes to teach the community and university members of the factors that cause people to become a refugee and also have a better understanding of their hopes and fears they embark on their journey.

By using an interactive model, participants will learn about choices that are made at each stage of the journey. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the American Red Cross Northland Chapter; this event supports their mission to teach members of our community about international humanitarian law.

Please stop by, as this exhibit is free and open to members of our community!

For further information, contact Haji Dokhanchi at or 715-394-8484.

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