Panel members from area universities come together to provide viewpoints related to their areas of expertise. The purpose of this panel is to discuss the historic response to refugees, the current crisis on the plight of refugees; as well as the history of armed conflict and famine that produces displacement. An audience question answer session will follow the panel discussion. This event is sponsored by Roanoke College Community Programs, the Department of International Relations, and the Roanoke Refugee Partnership. Roanoke Refugee Partnership is a nonprofit that serves refugee families in the Roanoke Valley. They partner with the other local refugee resettlement agencies to meet as many needs as possible; including assisting with education, job training, transportation, housing, and many other essentials. The partnership guides refugees to independence, and has developed meaningful and lasting relationships with these new members of the Roanoke community.