Founder of innovative refugee network to speak at U-M

September 15, 2017
Contact: Nicole Casal Moore


DATE: 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

EVENT: A talk by Nadina Christopoulou, an anthropologist who founded a network for migrant women in Greece that has created a sanctuary for migrant and refugee women and their children.

The Melissa Network was founded in 2014 with the involvement of migrant women leaders, and today counts members from more than 45 countries. It is hailed around the world for its innovative work to foster healing, while building bridges and trust between some of Athens’ most vulnerable refugees. The network’s purpose is to promote the empowerment, communication and active participation of migrant and refugee women, reversing negative stereotypes and making their voices heard.

The talk is titled “The depth of our divisions, the breadth of our communities.”

It is supported by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy’s Josh Rosenthal Education Fund, which was created in memory of Josh Rosenthal, a 1979 U-M graduate who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The fund supports lectures, research and student internships that encourage public discussion and greater understanding of changes in the world since 9/11.

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PLACE: Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State St., Ann Arbor. This event will also be live webstreamed.