Discussion Panel: Humanitarian Crises and US Policy

Two pictures side-by-side. The left is a picture of current refugees. The right is a black and white of previous refugees.

The WIU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society, will host a panel to discuss historic U.S. policy towards humanitarian crises and their resultant refugees. The panel will take place on Tuesday, February 9th, in the Malpass Library Garden Lounge; refreshments will be served starting at 4:30 PM, with the panel beginning at 5 PM.

As the exodus of Syrian refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism dominates news outlets, the historian-panelists (all WIU professors in the History department) will speak on similar crises from the past, and how United States policy has developed in response to these crises. The panelists, and their topics, are:

  • Dr. Timothy Roberts
    "An Early Case for U.S. Humanitarian Intervention: Hungary, 1852.”
  • Dr Ute Chamberlin
    "Refugees, DPs (Displaced Persons), and Expellees at the end of World War II."
  • Dr. Richard Filipink
    "Rhetoric and Refugees in the Eisenhower Administration."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Outreach Librarian Christina Norton at 309-298-3298 or