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Global Leaders Foreign Policy Lunch & Learn: Refugees & North Carolina
March 27, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Please join Go Global NC on Monday, March 27 for an insightful and educational discussion on the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe, the refugee admissions and resettlement process, the current composition and status of North Carolina’s refugee communities, and the history of Middle East-origin refugees in North Carolina.
Since 2008, Go Global NC (formerly the Center for International Understanding) has been at the forefront in preparing North Carolina legislators, business executives, and community leaders to address issues of strategic importance to our state. Through intensive programs, leaders representing multiple sectors gain insight into global best practices. Global Leaders will continue this effort through quarterly foreign policy lunch-and-learn events, beginning with this March 27 discussion on the refugee crisis and North Carolina.
11:30 a.m.: Buffet Lunch Begins
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion
Janet Cowell – Corporate Director; Former NC State Treasurer (2009-2016)
Ms. Cowell will share reflections on her recent experience volunteering with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Germany.
Dr. Akram Khater – Director, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, NC State University
Dr. Khater completed a PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina and is the senior curator for an exhibit on the same topic at the NC Museum of History.
Dr. Scott Phillips – Field Office Director, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
A native North Carolinian, Dr. Phillips joined the USCRI North Carolina Field Office in November 2015. Before taking on this role, Dr. Phillips worked in the fields of Community Development, Civil Rights, and Advocacy for about 15 years.
Cris Mulder Charbonneau – Vice President of Communications & Marketing, KnowledgeWorks
A catered buffet lunch from Mediterranean Deli, including vegetarian options, will be provided beginning at 11:30 a.m. The speaker program will begin promptly at noon.