"Haven or Home?"
A pilot program of the Brandeis Seminars in Humanities and the Professions explores issues facing refugees and their host communities
"Haven or Home?" was a pilot seminar developed to bring together different stakeholders in the refugee resettlement process in order to identify and discuss misperceptions and problems that arise on both sides as well as possibilities for cooperative action and conflict resolution. Topics for discussion included:
- understanding the hesitancy and limitations of host communities;
- managing the administrative and economic challenges that refugee resettlement brings to a community;
- acknowledging the benefits that refugee resettlement can bring to a mid-sized city;
- understanding intercultural miscommunication
The Center hopes to continue conducting seminars that address refugee and immigrant issues, incorporating feedback gained during this pilot session. The seminar followed the successful Brandeis Seminars in Humanities and the Professions technique of using literary texts and other humanities materials as a point of departure for reflection and discussion, with participants contributing the experiences of their professional lives as a "second text." Materials included, poetry, film, literature, and a museum exhibit.
For more information on "Haven or Home: Refugee Resettlement in the Changing New England City," or to inquire about the Brandeis Seminars in Humanities and the Professions program, email the Center.