Please join us for a panel discussion with University of Vermont faculty members on their work with New American and refugee communities. The panel discussion will take place on February 18th at 4:30 p.m. in the John Dewey Lounge (Old Mill 325). The event is organized in conjunction with the library’s current exhibit, and was inspired by the 2015 First Year Read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Both the event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.
“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” was curated by Emily Crist and Megan Allison, members of the Information and Instruction Services department at Bailey/Howe Library. Crist and Allison conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen UVM professors and affiliates about their work with refugee and immigrant populations. The exhibit provides interview excerpts and directs viewers to full videos, transcripts and accompanying resources online via QR codes.
Featured faculty members and panelists include:
• Linda Berlin, Ph.D., is the Director of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her current work includes building better understandings about the food security situation of refugees.
• Pablo Bose, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Interim Director of the Global & Regional Studies program. His work focuses on government and non-profit organizations placing refugees in non-traditional resettlement sites (like Burlington, Vermont) and the implications of these placements for refugees and communities.
• Susan Comerford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Work who spent many years working in refugee camps on the Thai Cambodian Border and later went on to advocate for refugees in the United States.
• Karen Fondacaro, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Science and the Director of New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) and Connecting Cultures. NESTT takes a holistic approach to helping New Americans and offers psychological services, legal services, and physical therapy.
• Dr. Andrea Green, M.D., a pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric New American Clinic at UVM. Her team educates themselves on both disease and the political, social, and religious environments of the New Americans they work with.
• Others to be announced.
“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” exhibit runs through March 6th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.
A detailed online resource accompanying the exhibit is available at: http://researchguides.uvm.edu/firstyearread