Simposium Description

April 18-19, 2016

Dr. Demetrios Papademetriou, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Migration Policy Institute and President MPI Europe;  Joseph C. Wilson IV, US Ambassador (rtd);  Andrew Purvis, former Beirut Managing Editor,UNHCR, and former bureau chief TIME Magazine; Chick Keller, Climate and Botanical Consultant to Pajarito Environmental Educational Center, Los Alamos; William J Garvelink, US Ambassador (rtd); Salvador Gutierrez, Regional Liaison and Policy Officer for Central and North America and the Caribbean, International Organization on Migration; Dr. Dieter Dettke, Adjunct Professor of European Security, Georgetown University and former Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, D.C; Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City and author of Earth-Honoring Faith (Oxford University Press, 2013); Javier Gonzalez, Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Summary

A day does not pass without reports of unprecedented flows of people who have abandoned their homes in hope of better lives in other countries. The most visible movements today are of people from war torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan struggling to Turkey and Greece in order to reach European nations where jobs are more plentiful and economies stronger. Elsewhere, Africans, Latin Americans, Southeast Asians and islanders of the Indonesian archipelago, fleeing failing countries, gang warfare, drug cartels and civil wars, also risk death to cross to countries that are closing doors and erecting fences in response to the influx.

The Symposium seeks an understanding of the origins, drivers, and cultural implications behind the news. It will search for explanations to all the complex questions: Who are these refugees?  How does today’s situation compare with human migration flows in the past? How are refugees handled? How many live in camps in neighboring countries, how are those camps organized and funded and how many of the refugees leave legally or illegally for the West?  How real are the claims that terrorists mingle within refugee communities? How do the major refugee organizations determine where refugees are to settle?  What kinds of support do cities and local organizations provide for these newcomers, And, finally, what are the plans for resettling refugees in Santa Fe and Albuquerque – both traditionally refugee-receiving cities.

Symposium Schedule

9:30am – 10:00am: Registration

10:00am – 10:10am: Welcome Mark Roosevelt, President of St. John’s College, Santa Fe; and Patricia H. Kushlis, President, Santa Fe World Affairs Forum

10:10am – 11:10am: Global Overview of Migration Patterns and Refugee Crises – Dr. Demetrios Papademetriou, President and Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, University of Maryland

11:10am –  11:20am: Coffee break

11:20am –  12:20pm: Turmoil in the Mideast and the Refugee Crisis – Joseph C. Wilson IV, US Ambassador (rtd.)

12:20pm –   1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm –   2:00pm:  Five Years in Exile: Syrian Refugees in the Middle East  Andrew Purvis, former Beirut Managing Editor for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and former bureau chief, Time

2:00pm  –  2:15pm: Coffee break

2:15pm –   3:15pm:   Impact of Migration on the European Union  Dr. Dieter Dettke, Adjunct Professor of European Security, Georgetown Univ., and former Executive Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

3:15pm  –  3:25pm: Coffee break

3:25pm –   4:25pm: Effects of Climate Change on Movements of People – Chick Keller, Climate and Botanical Consultant to Pajarito Environmental Educational Center, Los Alamos

4:30pm –   5:30pm: Reception at St. John’s College

9:15am   –  9:30am:  Registration

9:30am   –  9:35am: Welcome Patricia H. Kushlis, President, Santa Fe World Affairs Forum

9:35am –  10:35am:   Global Refugee Crises and U.S. Foreign Policy  William J. Garvelink, US Ambassador (rtd) and Chief Compliance Officer, International Medical Corps, Washington D.C.

10:35am – 10:45am: Coffee break

10:45am – 11:45am:  Migratory Crises in the Americas: Cuba, Mexico and Central America – Salvador Gutierrez, International Organization on Migration, based in San Jose, Costa Rica

11:45am – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm  –  1:30pm:  The Local Level: Exploring Solutions in Santa Fe and New Mexico – Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe

1:40pm  –  3:00pm:   Panel: Ethical, Moral and Philosophical Challenges of Migration – Peter Ives, Chick Keller, Andrew Purvis and Joseph C. Wilson IV. Moderated by Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY, & author of Earth-Honoring Faith (Oxford University Press, 2013)

The Speakers

Dr. Demetrios PapademetriouDistinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Migration Policy Institute and President MPI Europe
Topic: “Global Overview of Migration Patterns and Refugee Crises”

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Joseph C. Wilson IVUS Ambassador (rtd) and CEO of JC Wilson International Ventures
Topic: “Mideast War and Politics, and the Refugee Crisis”

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Andrew PurvisFormer Beirut Managing Editor, UNHCR, and Former Bureau Chief TIME Magazine
Topic: “‘Media and the Refugee Crisis in the Mideast”

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Chick KellerLos Alamos National Labs, Consultant on Climate Change
Topic: “‘The Long Term Effects of Climate Change on Water, Droughts and Refugee Movement’”

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William J GarvelinkUS Ambassador (rtd) and Senior Policy Adviser on Global Strategy, International Medical Corps
Topic: “‘US Foreign Policy and Global Refugee Crises”

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Salvador GutiérrezRegional Liaison and Policy Officer for Central and North America and the Caribbean, International Organization on Migration
Topic: “Migratory Crises in the Americas, with Special Focus on Cuba, Mexico and Central America”

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Dieter Dettke Adjunct Professor of European Security, Georgetown University and former Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Topic: “Impact of Migration on the European Union”

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Larry Rasmussen Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City and author of Earth-Honoring Faith (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Topic: “Moderator: Panel on Ethical, Moral and Philosophical Challenges of Migration”

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Javier GonzalesMayor of Santa Fe, NM
Topic: “Effects and Solutions in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico”

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Cosponsors

2016 Symposium Partners and Forum Supporters 
Co-sponsor:  Saint John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
Partners:
American Association of University Women-Santa Fe Chapter
Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations
American Foreign Service Association, Washington, DC
Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE), Denver, Colorado
Global Ties–ABQ
Friendship Force New Mexico
Fulbright Association of New Mexico
Journey Santa Fe
Public Diplomacy Alumni Association, Washington, DC
Public Diplomacy Council, Washington, DC
Santa Fe Sister Cities Committee
School for Advanced Research (SAR)
Sister Cities – Albuquerque
Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)
Santa Fe Community College
UNM Anderson School of Management and International Studies Institute
United World College (UWC-USA)
USAID Alumni Association (UAA), Washington, DC
Donors:
Helen and Will Gates
Linda and Ed Goff
Patricia and Richard Hawkins
Patricia H Kushlis
Arvid and Mary Jo Lundy
Dennis O’Toole

Registration

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Where

The symposium will take place at St. John’s College in the Great Hall of the Peterson Student Center.

From Old Pecos Trail

  • Turn right at stoplight at Armenta
  • Turn left at Camino Corrales
  • Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail
  • After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol
  • Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca
  • St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts
The Visitors Parking Lot is on your left as you enter campus. A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.