Dr. L. Ripley Smith God's Heart and Our Part in the Lives of Displaced Persons.
- October 14, 2013
- 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM
- Heritage Center; John and Alice Butler Hall
- The Wendt Center 589-3579
UD Alum Returns as the Fall Wendt Lecturer.
Current figures suggest that there are more than 45 million displaced people around the world--an 18 year high. What is our responsibility with respect to the refugee, the asylum seeker, the internally displaced, and the undocumented alien? Research suggests that we can have a dramatic implact on these "strangers in our land".
Dr. L. Ripley Smith, Professor of International & Media Communications at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on the subjects of intercultural social support networks, refugee resettlement, cross-cultural partnership development, and the role of trust in post-conflict regions.
Dr. Smith graduated from UD with a major in speech communications and a minor in business administration. He went on to complete a Masters degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His recent research has explored identity reconstruction among KaRen ans Somali refugee populations and partnership criteria in German and American NGOs. A Fellow in th International Academy of Intercultural Research, Dr. Smith currently serves as the Chair of the board of directors for World Relief, MN, a non-profit refugee resettlement agency.