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Global Refugee Situation: Local Response

Human Flow film
April 25, 2018

German Studies Program collaborates to highlight the impact of the global refugee crisis.

Countries around the world are seeing a dramatic increase in the impact of migration and refugee resettlement. In this discussion and two-part film series, the German Studies Program of the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures worked with local and international partner organizations to begin a broader conversation aimed at raising local awareness and addressing the question: what can be done at a local level?

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, audiences had the opportunity to view and discuss the film Human Flow by director and artist Ai Weiwei. This film encourages viewers to reflect on the diversity of migrant and refugee movements across the globe.

Then on Wednesday, April 25, there was a panel discussion and screening of a short film made by a partner organization in Germany. Local experts with experience working with an international refugee resettlement program shared information about what refugee resettlement looks like on a day-to-day basis and led a discussion of what can be done about the problem here in the Twin Ports. The panel brought together several voices relevant to the experience of migrants and refugees, including a student perspective, professional perspective from work with refugees in Minnesota, a perspective of a refugee from our partners’ program in Schwerin, Germany, and a professor of Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica.

This two-part series was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Duluth International Committee, the UMD German Studies Program, UWS Social Work, and Alworth Center for Peace and Justice at the College of St. Scholastica. Both events were held at Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street in Duluth.

Above: Image from the film Human Flow

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