Flight and Refuge: The European Crisis in Global Perspective

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
4:00 pm-7:00 pm, New Cabell Hall 236


F L I G H T A N D R E F U G E : The European Crisis in Global Perspective

An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Virginia

April 12-13, 2016


Tuesday, April 12

4:00-5:00 PM, New Cabell Hall 236


Asher Biemann, Director, Center for German Studies, Professor of Religious Studies

Francesca Fioriani, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, Professor of Art

Dr. Michael Signer, Mayor, City of Charlottesville

Refugee Voices: A Panel with Charlottesville Residents

Moderator: Alyson Ball, International Rescue Committee

Kristina Constantine, Armenia

Beyan Johnson, Liberia

Bimal Chhetri, Bhutan


5:30-7:00 PM, New Cabell Hall 236


Jeffrey W. Legro, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Taylor Professor of Politics

Introductory Remarks

David Leblang, Professor of Politics, Director of the Global Policy Center

Opening Lecture and Reading

Fled....Newly Arrived...Immigrated

Inside / Outside / Home

Esther Dischereit, Author, Berlin/Vienna

Followed by Reception, New Cabell Hall First Floor Lounge



Wednesday, April 13

9:15-9:45 AM:  Breakfast, New Cabell Hall 236


10:00-11:45 AM, German Conference Room, New Cabell Hall 236

Roundtable 1: The European Crisis—The Crisis of Europe


Manuela Achilles Associate Director, Center for German Studies


Minister and DCM Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy, Washington, DC

Bastian Hermisson, Executive Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America

Kemal Kirişci, TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project, Brookings Institute, Washington DC

Esther Dischereit, Author, Berlin/Vienna


12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch, Nau Hall 342 Lounge


1:00-3:00 PM, German Conference Room, New Cabell Hall 236

Roundtable 2: Global Perspectives


Elizabeth Thompson, Professor, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia


Yoav Peled, Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at UVa, Jewish Studies Program; and Professor of Political Science, Tel Aviv University

Victoria Rietig, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC

Hanadi Al-Samman, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Virginia

Ashley Rockenbach, Fellow, Carter Woodson Institute, University of Virginia


3:15-5:00 PM, German Conference Room, New Cabell Hall 236

Roundtable 3: Consequences and Solutions


Will Hitchcock, Randolph Compton Professor, Director of Academic Programs, Miller Center


Charles Benjamin, President, Near East Foundation

Hannah Winnick, Program Director for Transatlantic Dialogues on Democracy and Social Policy, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America

David Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia

Fern Hauck, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Virginia


5:00-6:30 PM, New Cabell Hall First Floor Lounge

Concluding Reception and Presentation of Student Projects


All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.