CSPS-Korea Holds 2021 Knowledge in Motion Seminar on “Refugees: Our Unfounded Fear”

photoMason Korea’s Center for Security and Policy Studies-Korea (CSPS-Korea) held the 2021 Knowledge in Motion Seminar on “Refugees: Our Unfounded Fear” at the IGC Small Theater last week.

The first seminar in the series showed the documentary film, This is Home: A Refugee Story, which features the lives of Syrian refugees in the US and the human security challenges they face. The documentary screening was followed by a commentary by Dr. Yasemin Ipek, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs at George Mason University.

In the second session, experts and representatives from both Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) and the IOM-Migration Research Training Center (MRTC), a non-governmental organization and an intergovernmental organization that investigate all matters relating to migration and refugees, discussed the struggles and implications of those with, or applying for, refugee status. Mason Korea Global Affairs professor Dr. Jihye Lim moderated the session.photo

Five CSPS-Korea Student Fellows and one Mason Korea alumna contributed to the planning and execution of this project. "Receiving the Mason Impact Project mini-grant to fund the first Knowledge in Motion seminar was very meaningful for our team,” said Sua Oh, a junior Global Affairs major and Research Assistant at CSPS-K. “We hope this project will inspire student-led research programs in various areas of study at Mason Korea and inspire many students,” she added.

"Students took the initiative in planning and successfully executing this film screening, which shows how emerging leaders communicate and cooperate with society,” said Dr. Jihye Lim who supervised the student team, adding, "CSPS-Korea will continue to provide a collaborative platform to connect students, experts, and institutions."