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Ellen Hansen, senior policy advisor to the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR. [Photo: Oliver O'Hanlon]

Geneva's 23rd Humanitarian Conference Addresses Refugees, Migration

February 22, 2018

Webster University Geneva’s 23rd International Humanitarian and Security Conference drew 250 to Geneva’s U.N. district for five keynote speakers and two dozen panelists around the theme, “The Need for Effective Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration.” The annual conference was organized in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and benefited from the High Patronage of the Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

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Abdullah described her experience to Cate Blanchett.

'Get Your Bag, We Are Going': Webster student's refugee experience in UNHCR video

January 23, 2018

"We lost our friends and homes, but not our brains. We can build a life again." Webster University Geneva student Aya Abdullah described her experience as a refugee from war, twice, with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett for a live event that took place during the World Economic Forum. Watch the Facebook Live video as Abdullah and JJ Bola shared their stories.

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Members of the Webster Athens community hosted a holiday party benefitting the Caritas Refugee Center

Webster Athens Hosts Third Annual Holiday Party for Refugee Children

January 16, 2018

On Dec. 15, Webster Athens hosted the third annual holiday party for the children at Caritas Refugee Center. Approximately 100 children and their parents, mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Northern Africa, attended the party. With money raised, the students were able to purchase toys for each child, food and beverages for the party, decorations and entertainment. In addition, supplies such as diapers and baby food were gathered and taken to one of the facilities where approximately 80 refugee families reside.

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Doaa Al Zamel shared her experiences in Austria as a Syrian refugee.

Vienna Campus on National TV for Panel with Syrian Refugee, Policy Experts

January 11, 2018

The Webster Vienna campus was featured on Austrian national television as it hosted a panel with Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel and several international influencers and policy experts discussing pressing issues around refugee rights and public policy. The panel was hosted by Klaus Unterberger of ORF, which profiled Doaa Al Zamel in its news program.

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Tom Palozola's family attended the Veterans Center dedicated in his memory in October.

In the News: Kingston on BBC; Miller-Struttmann in UK; Cross in AP; Vet Center on public radio

January 03, 2018

Nicole Miller-Struttmann was quoted on dwindling bee populations in a story for the U.K.-based Independent that was carried by several international outlets. ... Lindsey Kingston was interviewed on BBC Newsday about the cessation of refugee status for thousands of Rwandans. ... Remy Cross was quoted about the "swatting" incident in Kansas for an AP story picked up by NBC affiliates nationwide. ... Several public radio affiliates aired a story on Webster's Vet Center dedication and Tom Palozola's family's efforts to increase services for veterans with PTSD.

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News around Webster

Around Webster: Wallner, Kleinman, Alakoc, Dinh-Trang

November 22, 2017

Tony Wallner co-edited two books and authored a chapter on chemistry curriculum. ... Burcu Pinar Alakoc received an International Studies Association award for her project on Syrian refugees in Turkey. ... The most recent installment of Kim Kleinman’s long term biographical project on the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Edgar Anderson was published at Science Direct. ... Thanh Dinh-Trang's paper was accepted for the Fulbright Association Conference.

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Writer, performer and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney was the keynote speaker.

Snapshots: Human Rights Conference addresses environmental justice

October 16, 2017

Webster's 10th Annual Human Rights Conference concluded Oct. 12 after two days of intersectional analysis of environmental racism, sexism, classism, and colonialism. Growing awareness of climate change has led to increasing recognition that human rights and environmental sustainability are inextricably linked, with human rights advocates contending that climate change threatens fundamental rights with particular impact on indigenous people and the global poor.

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Zimmerman's design was for the RAC entrance in University City in 2015.

Around Webster: Zimmermann opening Sept. 8; Hulsizer, Woolf, Stiles, Miller present

September 07, 2017

Brian Zimmerman will be a part of the "upend the air" exhibition that opens at the Luminary on Friday, Sept. 8. ... Michael Hulsizer, Deborah Stiles and Linda Woolf each presented at the 125th American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C. ... Andrea Miller presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

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Webster University faculty in the news

In the News: Miller-Struttmann on bees, eclipse; Woolf on human rights; Cross on violence

August 21, 2017

Nicole Miller-Struttmann appeared on CBS affiliate KMOV's evening and morning newscasts to discuss her research with bees and their behavior during the eclipse, which will be part of a national study. ... Linda Woolf was quoted in USA Today and also was interviewed on KGO Radio in San Francisco about human rights and combatting the spread of hate in the wake of events in Charlottesville. ... Remy Cross was interviewed by KMOX-AM and on BBC World News about violence in Charlottesville.

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News Around Webster: Pollak, Kingston, Woolf, Cornell

August 03, 2017

Associate professor and institute director Lindsey Kingston contributed a chapter to the new book "Understanding Statelessness." ... Webster Vienna director Johannes Pollak is co-editor of "Representation," a book in a series from the Library of Contemporary Essays in Governance and Political Theory. ... Professor Linda Woolf has been named a fellow within the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). ... School of Education associate professor and department chair Thomas Cornell presented at the World Congress on Education in Dublin, Ireland.

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Students held on-campus activities to raise awareness of the issues.

GCP Keystone Course Examines Contemporary Slavery, Human Trafficking

May 30, 2017

As part of their Global Citizenship Program keystone course, "Contemporary Slavery and Human Trafficking," students at Webster Geneva reflected on the forms of modern slavery and how it is often hidden in plain sight. Their class final project examined different aspects of slavery in the supply chain to inform -- and surprise -- the campus community about the kinds of products they consume that are supported by slave labor.

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Clark will take a five-week course as part of her study abroad experience in Russia.

International Relations Student First to Study Abroad in Russia

May 12, 2017

This summer Shannon Clark, an international relations major, will be the first Webster University student to study abroad in Russia, through a five-week program on politics and public diplomacy at Moscow International University. Drawn to Webster because of its diversity, she has been able to pursue independent studies in Russian language and cultures with guidance from faculty member Raisa Belotserkovsky.

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Kingston is also director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.

Kingston's Fulbright, NEH Awards Will Advance Research in Human Rights

April 27, 2017

Associate professor Lindsey Kingston has received a Fulbright Lectureship and a National Endowment for the Humanities award, two prestigious honors that will advance her research in the areas of human rights and citizenship. The Fulbright will entail teaching and researching in Milan, Italy -- her ancestral home -- in 2018, while the NEH award will fund three weeks in residence at the Library of Congress researching indigenous sovereignty and identity.

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willow logo and willow board

Faculty, Alumni Fight for Missouri's Forgotten Women with WILLOW Project

March 28, 2017

Student-teacher relationships sometimes go beyond the classroom, and that’s what happened for Webster associate professor Anne Geraghty-Rathert and her student Amy Lorenz-Moser. After graduating from Webster and later completing law school, Moser began representing women who were incarcerated for murdering their abusers. Her commitment to fight for her clients has successfully played a role in the release of several domestic survivors from prison. Through the WILLOW Project, these attorneys aim to help prevent more victims.

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Staff, faculty and students, notably those affiliated with the WHA, play a key role in the preparation and running of the conference.

22nd Humanitarian Conference Highlights Refugee, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law

March 02, 2017

Webster University Geneva hosted its 22nd International Humanitarian and Security Conference under the theme “Upholding Refugee Protection, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: The Role of Geneva in International Humanitarian Action." As in past editions, it benefited from the High Patronage of the Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

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