Mohonk forum to address refugees in crisis

Iraqi-born sisters Shymaa, Fatima, and Zainab became U.S. citizens in June 2016 during a World Refugee Day celebration in Utica. Shown in the exhibit Portraits of Hope 2, Gannett Gallery, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, Courtesy of photographer Lynne Browne and Kathryn Stam at SUNY Poly.

Mohonk Consultations invites the public to its spring forum, “Working Across Difference: Meeting Refugees in Crisis”, with co-sponsors Mid-Hudson Valley United Nations Association-USA, Lifebridge Foundation and RiverTides, on Sunday, April 9,  from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Mohonk Mountain House parlor.

Speakers include İlgű Őzler of the UN Association Mid-Hudson Valley, Giovanni Ciarlo of Gaia Education and world traveler Tara Stuart, The forum also will feature a World Café session introduced by Dot Maver, peace activist and founding director of the National Peace Academy. The World Café framework fosters opportunities for networking and considering initiatives that can breach difference and create solutions for refugees in crisis.

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Advance registration is required at $20 per person. You may register on-line at www.mohonk-consultations.org starting on March 1, 2017, or mail a check to Mohonk Consultations, Inc., 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz NY 12561. Please note “2017 Forum” in the check memo section.

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