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#WithRefugees: A Commemoration of United Nations Day

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The worst global refugee crisis since World War II.  What does that mean?  Does Portland harbor a moral responsibility to refugees?  Join us for this commemoration of United Nations Day - and enjoy this uniquely immersive, audience-engaged program, which includes Living on a Dollar a Day, a gallery exhibit from Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renee Byer; a virtual reality experience that allows viewers to the see the world through the eyes of a teenage Syrian girl living in a UN refugee camp; and a program of speakers, ranging from a MTV and Huffington Post contributor to an expert from the UN refugee agency; and closing with an audience-engaged discussion sponsored by Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project.
Speakers include:

  • Yashar Vasef, President, United Nations Association of Portland, opens up the program with a welcome and a brief talk on his experience as a child in Tehran in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s;
  • Grace Wong, national adviser for the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign, contributor to Huffington Post and MTV on issues of girls rights;  
  • Jana Mason, Senior Advisor, U.S. Government and External Relations with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR);   
  • The program concludes with Manuel Padilla, of Oregon Humanities Conversation Project who'll facilitate a conversation on The Space Between Us:  Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon.

An informal reception will start at 1 pm where people can check out the Living on a Dollar a Day and the virtual reality documentary about a teenage Syrian refugee girl at a UN refugee camp in Jordan.  Light snacks will be available.  The presentation feature of the program begins at 1:30pm.


United Nations Association of Portland
Oregon Humanities
World Affairs Council of Oregon
Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network
Portland State University Model UN
Student Sustainability Center, PSU
International Affairs, PSU
ONE Oregon


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