Schedule & Participants

March 29, 2013
The Castle (225 Bay State Road)

  • 9:30 a.m. Light breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions
  • 10:15 a.m. Overview of the Syrian refugee crisis: Vicky Kelberer
  • 10:30 a.m. The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Rafif Jouejati
  • 10:45 a.m. International Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Ethan Corbin
  • 11:00 a.m. Coffee break
  • 11:10 a.m. Discussion
  • 11:30 a.m. Iraqi Refugee Perceptions of Urban Violence: Lindsay Gifford
  • 11:45 a.m. From Ghawgha’is to Iraqi-Americans: the two-decade metamorphosis of Iraqi refugees in America: Abbas Kadhim
  • 12:00 noon Iraqi Refugees: Experiences of Resettlement in America: Heidemarie Woefel
  • 12:15 p.m. A personal account: Mohamed AlMaliky.
  • 12:30 p.m. Working lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. Comments by Asmaa Al-Hadidi and discussion
  • 1:45 p.m. Concluding comments, A.R. Norton
  • 2:00 p.m. Workshop concludes


  • Ethan Corbin, (Tufts University; and Research Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard University)
  • Dr. Lindsay Gifford (National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCLA; and Visiting Scholar, University of San Francisco)
  • Professor Asmaa Najim A. Nassir Al-Hadidi (Humphrey Fellow at Boston University; and Diyala University)
  • Rafif Jouejati (Spokesperson, Local Coordination Committees in Syria; Director, Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria)
  • Prof. ‘Abbas Kadhim (Naval Postgraduate School; and Visiting Senior Fellow, BUIIS)
  • Ms. Vicky Kelberer (Boston University)
  • Dr. Muhamed H. Almaliky (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Harvard University; and, University of Pennsylvania Hospitals)
  • Prof. Augustus Richard Norton (Boston University)
  • Ms. Heidemarie Woefel (Boston University)


  • Dr. Sarah A. Tobin (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Studies, Wheaton College, MA)
  • Ekaterina Anderson (Boston University)
  • Lisa Jenkins (Boston University)


  • Michael Carroll (Assistant Director, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, Boston University)

IIS Announcements

Can Iraq be Saved?

Read the rapporteur's report from the November 19, 2014 lecture and listen to streaming audio.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Syrian Refugees

Read the just-published executive summary from the May 2, 2014, workshop.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States

Read the just-published report from the January 31, 2014, workshop.

Beth Murphy joins as Non-Resident Fellow

The Institute is please to announce the appointment of Beth Murphy as Non-Resident Visual Arts Fellow.

JANUARY 31 2014 9am to 4:30pm: Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

CURA, 10 Lenox Street

Brookline, MA

This workshop focuses on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.


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