Dr. Galya Ben-Arieh, the Director of the Center for Forced Migration Studies at Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies is coming to the Library to address that question with a discussion of “Refugee and Asylum Basics” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

This program will dispel myths and provide accurate information about refugees and migrants in our community. Refugees will give personal testimony on the struggle and opportunity within the current climate. While the focus will be on local impact, it will be informed by US and global events and policies.

Dr. Ben-Arieh is the founding director of the Center for Forced Migration Studies within the Buffett Institute. Her talk will connect the work of the center and the Northwestern community at large with the Evanston community.

The program also connects to the new Community Partnership for Settlement Strategies (COMPASS) Knowledge Hub formed by the Buffett Center and the Wilmette Rotary. This Evanston-area initiative was created to work with community partners and the Evanston Refugee Task Force to provide mentoring, education, and resources, as well as to strengthen partnerships and support refugees already settled in our neighborhood.

The scope of the program addresses concerns about and for refugees and migrants in the Evanston area and separated families. This program is structured to give insight on current and projected challenges in this area and ways to help, and to deepen knowledge of local community and activity related to refugee issues. The agenda for the evening includes a discussion of who’s in the community and how they came to be here.