Families in Flight: Today's International Refugee Crisis

2016–2017 Rama S. Mehta Program
Families in Flight: Today's International Refugee Crisis

The Radcliffe Institute will host a panel discussion to explore topics of pressing global concern: refugees, forced migration, and internally displaced people. The speakers—which include a professor of law, a medical doctor, a United Nations officer, and an independent photographer—will focus on the Syrian refugee crisis with special attention to issues of gender and family. The discussion will highlight some of the forces that compel the uprooting of millions of people from their homes and lands and will help us better understand the shape, context, and on-the-ground realities facing Syrian and other refugee communities in 2016.

This program is scheduled to complement the reunions of the Harvard and Radcliffe Classes of 1971, 1976, and 1986.  We hope to welcome many alumni/ae from these classes to the Radcliffe Institute as part of their reunion activities when they return to Cambridge in the fall.


Susan M. Akram, Clinical Professor of Law, Boston University Law School

Noel Calhoun, Senior Policy Officer, Office of the Special Adviser for the Summit on Addressing Large Numbers of Refugees and Migrants, United Nations

Rania Matar, Independent Photographer

Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Health Program Manager, Save the Children International Syria Response


Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director of Research, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University

We invite you to view photographs on display in the Knafel Center—before or after the discussion—by Meg Sattler, a global humanitarian advisor currently working with the United Nations World Food Programme, and Susan Bartels, MD, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University (Canada), whose research focuses on the impact of war on the health of women and children.

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The annual Rama S. Mehta event at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was established by Catherine Atwater Galbraith, John Kenneth Galbraith, and the Mehta family, in memory of Rama S. Mehta. Each event includes a distinguished woman in public affairs, the sciences, or the arts who has a deep understanding of the problems of women in developing countries.