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DePaul to host conversations about war in Ukraine, disparities in refugee policies

A French sign urges, Save Ukraine
(Stock photo by Mathias P.R. Reding/

The war in Ukraine will be the focus of two DePaul-hosted events this week. All are welcome to attend the virtual programs.

Tomorrow, April 13, DePaul, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the Wende Museum will host a conversation concerning the war in Ukraine, specifically focusing on recent developments and their regional and global ramifications. The event will include insight from three subject matter experts:

  • Richard Farkas, professor in DePaul's Department of Political Science
  • Ian Kelly, ambassador (ret.) in residence at Northwestern University
  • Alexander S. Vindman, former director for European affairs for the U.S. National Security Council

Matthew S. Muehlbauer, chief military historian for the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, will moderate the conversation.

A second online panel discussion, scheduled for Thursday, April 14, will examine the racism that often underlies national and international policy toward refugees. The millions of Ukrainians fleeing the war in their country have been embraced and welcomed by the West to an extent never seen with recent refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria.

"Ukrainian refugees: The EU welcome" will feature the perspectives and analysis of three contributors:

  • Kathleen R. Arnold, director of DePaul's Refugee and Forced Migration Studies program
  • Claudio Betti, director of Australian Catholic University's campus in Rome
  • Craig Mousin, a faculty member in DePaul's College of Law and the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy

Shailja Sharma, chair of DePaul's Department of International Studies, will serve as moderator for the program.

The event is sponsored by the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy, the Departments of International Studies and Political Science and the Global Engagement Office.

Registration information for both events is available here:

Assessing the Ukrainian war
Wednesday, April 13
6 p.m.

Ukrainian refugees: The EU welcome
Thursday, April 14
4:30 p.m.