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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.

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