Snedden lecturer Parvaz will discuss refugee crises

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Murie Building auditorium

Dorothy Parvaz, a senior producer with Al Jazeera English, will present “On the Run: Covering the Global Refugee Crisis” as part of the Snedden lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Murie Building auditorium.

Parvaz has covered humanitarian crises across the world. Her recent work told the story of nearly 2 million refugees caught in political limbo between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the winter of 2016.

In 2011, after entering Syria to cover protests, Parvaz was questioned and deported to Iran, her birth country, where interrogations continued. In all, she was held almost three weeks.

“I was standing in two fist-sized pools of smeared, sticky blood, trying to sort out why there were seven angry Syrians yelling at me,” Parvaz wrote later of the experience. “Only one of them — who I came to know as Mr. Shut Up during my three days in a detention center, where so many Syrians ‘disappeared’ are being kept — spoke English.”

Parvaz’s family moved to Canada when she was a teen. She studied journalism in the United States and worked for both the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspapers before joining Al Jazeera.

The free public event is organized by the Department of Communication and Journalism in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Liberal Arts. The Snedden lecture series is made possible by endowment established by the late Helen Snedden to honor her husband C.W. Snedden, publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner from 1950 until his death in 1989.

The College of Liberal Arts, the largest of UAF’s academic units, comprises arts, humanities, social sciences and language disciplines across 20 departments. In 2016, the communication and journalism departments combined.


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