Refugee Resettlement in CT//Stronger Shines the Light Inside

From the Wesleyan Refugee Project:

Join Wesleyan Refugee Project in welcoming Angie Smith, Maher Mahmood, and Mahmood Mahmood for a speaker panel about refugee resettlement: Friday, April 21st at 4pm in the Memorial Chapel. Typhoon will be served!

Angie Smith, is a photographer based in Los Angeles and the founder of Stronger Shines the Light Inside* — a photo series that has been featured in National Geographic, Refugees Deeply, the New York Times, and other publications. On Friday, April 21st, Smith will be speaking at Wesleyan about the inception, development and execution of Stronger Shines the Light Inside, refugee resettlement in the US, using photography to tell impactful stories and incite political change, interviewing people about sensitive topics, and applying skills from a liberal arts college in the real world to create new initiatives promoting social justice and change.

Place: Memorial Chapel
Facebook event: Link!

Read more about the event past the jump:

Through her photographs, Smith has captured the important and oftentimes under discussed subject of refugee resettlement in a contemporary context. Her work is particularly relevant to Wesleyan students who are interested in creative approaches to social change.

This panel will also feature Maher Mahmood, a Connecticut-based photographer, and his brother Mahmood Mahmood from Baghdad who will be speaking about their experiences with resettlement in Connecticut.

The panel event will be one hour long and followed by a reception in the Daniel Family Commons for the audience to have an opportunity to chat with all three speakers and representatives from Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, Connecticut. Typhoon will be served.

*For more information about SSTL, check out an overview of the project at The exhibit will also be displayed on the CFA green until May 5th.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors for this event: Center for the Arts, Green Fund, American Studies Department, College of the Environment, Allbritton Center, and College of Social Studies.

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