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Children in Crisis: The Plight of Refugees in Greece

A public forum featuring guest scholars from Greece

April 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm
104 Gore Hall

All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Human Development and Family Studies is hosting a public forum focused on a discussion of the educational and mental health needs of refugee children from various cultures in Greece, and local and global responses. The significance and implications of the refugee crisis for the U.S. will also be addressed, as we well as how we can work together to assist current efforts.

The forum will be led by a panel featuring guest scholars from Greece, and faculty of the University of Delaware. This event concludes the guest scholar’s week at the University of Delaware, during which they are also participating in the Spring 2017 Global Research Series on Wednesday, April 26.  For more information, visit the UDaily article.

Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D.

Dr. Gialamas is currently serving as the President of American Community Schools (ACS). Prior to joining ACS, he was a university professor, Dean and Provost. Under Dr. Gialamas’ leadership, ACS is actively involved in providing educational opportunities for refugee children living in camps outside of Athens, Greece.

Eugenia Arvanitis, Ph.D.

Dr. Arvanitis is an Assistant Professor of Interculurality and Otherness in the Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education at the University of Patras, Greece. Over the last few years, she has focused on culturally responsive pedagogy and teachers’ intercultural training using interactive WEB2 platforms. She also coordinates the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning, in which several HDFS faculty and students participated in during October 2016.

Pandelis Kiprianos, Ph.D.

Dr. Kiprianos is a Professor of History of Education in the Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education at the University of Patras, Greece. He has an extensive record in writing articles and books on the comparative history and sociology of education in Greece, with particular emphasis on migrants and ethnic minorities.

Matthew Weinert, Ph.D. 

Dr. Weinert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. His research interests include development of architectures of global governance as influenced by state interests and human well-being, and he has published on human security, human rights, and the emergence of “humanity” as a focus in world politics.

Jason Hustedt, Ph.D.

Dr. Hustedt is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware. His research looks at the outcomes of parent-child interactions and school programs, and early childhood policies at the federal and state level.


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