Talk on Refugee crisis on Lesvos

LesvosThe island of Lesvos in the northern Aegean Sea has become the gateway for the wave of migrants and refugees that are flooding into Europe through Greece. As of last count, more than half of the nearly one million people who have come through Greece in 2015 first landed on Lesvos. Portland, Maine and Mytilene, Lesvos are Sister Cities.

In a talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Prof. Irwin Novak and Mary Snell will recount their experience on Lesvos this past October when they witnessed this historic migration first hand – a crisis which has shaken the entire European continent. The talk takes place in Room 133 Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus. Sponsored by the Hellenic Society of Maine, it is free and open to the public. FMI – 892-9831

In their PowerPoint presentation Novak and Snell – who have spent the past 25 summers on Lesvos — will show videos of raft landings, will discuss the thorny issues of border controls, and introduce their audience to some of the people of the island (symbolically nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize) who have been helping with this crisis even though their lives have been turned upside down.

Contact: Mary Snell – 892-9831

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