Almost 100 people packed the Virginia International University Village Drive Conference Room for a conference on one of the most relevant current affairs issues. Dissecting a Complex Conflict: ISIS, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and the Humanitarian Response, hosted by the Center for Democracy and International Affairs (CDIA) and the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), featured experts from the fields of security, human rights, international refugee policy, and refugee resettlement. The panel was moderated by SPIA’s own professor, Dr. Emrullah Uslu, an expert in Middle East politics. The speakers included Dr. Birol Baskan, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, Visiting Scholar, Lehigh University and Fellow, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), Tessa Mayerick, External Relations Officer, United Nations Refugee Agency, Dr. Patricia Maloof, Program Director, Migration & Refugee Services, Catholic Charities, and Aerlande Wontamo, Senior Resettlement Manager, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. To find out more about this event and how you could help Syrian refugees, please visit the CDIA Blog.

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Daniel Ginsberg with a talk on Promoting Student Agency Beyond Techniques and Best Practices.

We welcome you to join us at Virginia International University for our Voices from the Field speaker series!  To RSVP, please complete our simple form here:

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VIU congratulates Dr. Rebecca Sachs on her election to the WATESOL Board as Professional Development Co-Chair. WATESOL is our largest local TESOL organization, and it is a truly deserved honor for an amazing faculty member!

Image result for pen and quillThe Writing, Research, and Media Center (WRMC) at VIU would like to invite students to write guest blogs about the importance of writing in their majors, careers, or just lives in general for its website ( The Center is looking to update posts every few weeks or once a month, so multiple contributors are welcome. Writers would get the by-line, and it’d be a nice attribute to put on their resumes in terms of writing abilities. The Center is seeking writers who’d like to write between 200-300 words on the importance of writing. The writers may be graduate or undergraduate in any major or ESL program. Interested students may contact the Writing, Research, and Media Center at for more information.

The SCIS invites all faculty, staff and students to attend a discussion on Intellectual Property and Copyright on October 22, 2015. Our guest speaker is Asad Nawaz from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His presentation will be from 3:00pm to 4:30pm in VD-102.  Light refreshments will be served and we look forward to seeing you all there!