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Center for the History of the New America Panel Discussion

The Migrant Crisis & the Transformation of Europe
When Oct 27, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 0106
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Contact Phone 301-405-4305
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About the Discussion

In recent months, the world has been transfixed by the unfolding crisis in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Europe as migrants have desperately sought out places of refuge and opportunity. Migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe in numbers last seen after the end of World War II, transforming demographics and energizing debates about citizenship, identity, and human rights. This panel brings together experts from diverse backgrounds to provide context for understanding the crisis and to consider its long-term implications.

This event is co-sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies.


Jeffrey J. Anderson is the Graf Goltz Professor & Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Professor of Government, Georgetown University. He also serves as the Faculty Chair for the School of Foreign Service. Anderson received a BA from Pomona College in 1981, and a PhD in Political Science from Yale University in 1988. He has taught previously at Emory University and Brown University. Anderson works at the intersection of comparative political economy and European integration. He is the recipient of the 2000 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German Studies.

Alice Bullard is President and Chief Executive Officer of IRA-USA. She is a Washington DC based lawyer, with a practice in human rights and environmental law. She has worked with Mauritanian human rights activists since the late 1990s. From 1994 – 2007 Bullard was a professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta Georgia, where she co-founded the Human Rights Initiative with the generous sponsorship of the B Wardlaw Foundation. Her publications include Exile to Paradise, (Stanford University Press, 2000) and Human Rights in Crisis, (Ashgate 2008) and numerous essays. Bullard earned her doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkleley and her juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Paris, France and has received more than twenty national and international fellowships and awards. She is licensed to practice law in Washington DC and Maryland.

Randa Serhan is a political sociologist who is interested in immigrant communities, nationalism, and citizenship. She began graduate school in Canada where she was interested in gender and law. Since then she has worked on PTSD in post-conflict Lebanon, meanings of refugeeness, and more recently second generation Palestinian-Americans. The latter was an ethnographic study of a Palestinian-American community for her PhD dissertation. She has taught courses on democratization, immigration to the United States, political and classical theory, sociology of exclusion, and social movements. Her publications includePalestinian Weddings: Inventing Palestine in New Jersey and a co-edited book titled American Democracy and the Pursuit of Equality. She is currently working on turning her PhD dissertation, titled "Suspended Community" into a book. She also is studying NYPD surveillance of Arab Americans and was recently awarded a grant to conduct the first national survey of Palestinian Americans. She assumed the position of director of Arab Studies upon joining AU in 2011, which since she has turned into a major degree granting program. She earned her PhD from Columbia University.

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