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Written by johncollins on Jan 3, 2014

606 Dr. Eyad El-SarrajThe following interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, internationally renowned founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), was conducted in May 1997 as part of field research for my Ph.D. dissertation focusing on popular memories of the first Palestinian intifada. The research was subsequently published in the book Occupied By Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency (NYU Press, 2004). I have chosen to publish the interview now in memory of Dr. El-Sarraj, who ...

Written by Asana Hamidu on Dec 23, 2013

To better understand the experiences of refugees, we must listen to their stories. This week, I decided to interview Afghan refugee Maryam Laly, who is also a student at St. Lawrence University.

 

  •  You told me you lived as a refugee before being settles in the US, what where your experiences?

I grew up as a refugee. A few months after I was born, my family was displaced internally in Afghanistan. They moved from Kabul to a different province and settled in Mazar-e-Sharif for about six years. When the Taliban regime came to power, my family decided that it was no longer safe for us to stay in the country. So, we moved to Iran. We were treated as second class citizens because we were illegal in the country. My father used to work in an underground construction company and we would not see him for months. Life was...

Written by Catherine Tedford on Dec 23, 2013

Weaving the Streets & People’s Archive (WSPA) is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary collaborative project that offers St. Lawrence University students, alumni, and others the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, global, investigative blog and a digital archive that document the creative range of ways in which ordinary people make use of public space to express themselves.  The goal is to bring together examples from a wide range of cultures and experiences so that people can build bridges, explore lines of solidarity and difference, and learn from the experiences of others.  The WSPA project draws on two existing initiatives with the goal of pushing each one forward while “weaving” them together in ways that will deepen their educational impact at St. Lawrence and increase their...

Written by Asana Hamidu on Dec 22, 2013

One great advice I have received on writing, is to find out what others have written, which gives me ideas on what is absent in the news. One way I keep up with the news is through Google alert. I have compiled a list below with a short summary on online material about refugees. These articles are from a variety of sources i.e. blogs, local news, international online news sites etc.

Here is Part One Part 2, and Part 3 of the Refugee Digital Curation Series.

 

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Written by Asana Hamidu on Dec 22, 2013

One great advice I have received on writing, is to find out what others have written, which gives me ideas on what is absent in the news. One way I keep up with the news is through Google alert. I have compiled a list below with a short summary on online material about refugees. These articles are from a variety of sources i.e. blogs, local news, international online news sites etc.

Here is Part One and Part 2 of the Refugee Digital Curation Series.

Lebanese burn down Syrian refugee camp

Al-akhbar English Published Monday Dec. 2, 2013

"Residents...

Written by Asana Hamidu on Dec 22, 2013

In the past I curated a set of links to article sources related to the topic of refugees.While researching this topic indepth, I have come accross interesting  videos of refugees speaking about their experiences. I have compiled a list of these videos below with brief commentary.

Uploaded on Mar 16, 2010

 Copyright UNHCR 1998, Produced by Leigh Foster.

In this video, three young children who are refugees recount their experiences and give viewers their definition of what being a refugee is about....

Written by Ally Friedman on Dec 20, 2013

This story on a police incident that took place at a Seattle public school last month came to my attention a few weeks ago. Since then I have been researching the issue more, and trying to get in contact with some of the main players in this story. I was unable to get into contact with any representatives from either Africatown, the informal education organization accused of trespassing, or the Horace Mann building where the arrest took place.

The question raises some glaring questions about whether members of Africatown were treated unfairly, especially given the controversial nature of the changes advocated by this organization. Africatown Seattle is committed to “decolonizing” the public...

Written by ejcali10 on Dec 20, 2013

594 source: buffalo.edu

pictured: Vision for new medical campus, which will open Fall of 2016

 

Earlier in the semester, I noticed that I wrote a piece that did not exactly “believe” in what UB’s 20/20 plan had to offer. I love my city and am proud to call myself a Buffalonian; So, I decided I would come back and highlight some positive thoughts and energy I have surrounding the plan, specifically the downtown campus.

            Many people do not realize the advanced medical specialists and resources we have in Buffalo. From cancer research to sports medicine, Buffalo makes the news frequently regarding the acclaim of some of these professionals. In May 2012, a day after I returned home from Sophomore spring semester for summer break, my step-father, and best friend, suffered from a stroke. He was treated by one of the...

Written by ejcali10 on Dec 20, 2013

SUNY Buffalo has prided themselves for decades on their ability to recruit international students. Because of their efforts, international students today make up 15 percent of the student body, and 5,500 of University Height’s residents are international students. Currently, UB boasts the top spot for recruiting internationally among American public schools.

Amongst house-hunters, international students are at a greater disadvantage. Most abroad students find their homes from the Sub-Board, Inc. (SBI) Off-Campus Housing Office, which are not university-approved houses, and have not undergone any inspection by the company. They see them listed by does not investigate, inspect or endorse the condition of the listed houses and some students assume they...

Written by Ali Warlich on Dec 18, 2013

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Check out this informative (but funny!) Ted Talks video. Sir Ken Robinson discusses where we have gone wrong with our education system. America spends more money on education, has smaller class sizes, and has attempted more initiatives than most other countries. However, emphasis has been put on producing good workers, rather than creative thinkers.

Humans are naturally diverse, but we are not cultivating creativity or acknowledging the multiple types of intelligence that our young generations possess. Robinson challenges the way we are educating our children, forcing you to rethink our system where standardized testing has become the dominant culture.

By Ali Warlich