According to the UN, Syria has been in turmoil since mid-March when small, localized protests against the grew into a nation-wide movement. The UN Human Rights Council reports that Syrian authorities are violently targeting protesters and as many as 3,500 people have been killed.
For the last week, the international community has worked to increase pressure on the Syrian government as the violence continues. In response to these efforts, two events are happening on campus to address the recent events in Syria.
This afternoon, Tuesday, November 29, there will be a SmithSTAND Meeting: Action for Syria at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. The meeting will educate students about what is happening in Syria and members of SmithSTAND will be discussing steps Smithies can take to help end the violence in Syria.
Then, on Monday, December 5, the Global Studies Center is presenting it’s latest What’s Happening Around the World forum. Crackdown in Syria: Events on the Ground and Implications begins at noon and will feature Hampshire College Assistant Professor of Economics Omar S. Dahi and be moderated by Kaitlin Hodge ’12. A pizza lunch will be served.
For more information on either event, visit the Smith e-Digest.