Type: Public event

The depth of our divisions, the breadth of our communities

Date & time

Sep 18, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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With refugee crises and related humanitarian issues at the center of so many national and global conversations, join us for the 2017 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture with Dr. Nadina Christopoulou to learn how one network created a sanctuary for migrant and refugee women and their children.

Only two years since its founding, the Melissa Network is hailed around the world for its innovative work to foster healing, while building bridges and trust between some of Athens’ most vulnerable refugees. ”In the midst of rising xenophobia,” says The New York Times, “Melissa is a testament and a kind of prayer to the spirit of a country that has long welcomed refugees and migrants.”

Melissa, the Greek word for honeybee, pays homage to the resourcefulness of women--a source of inspiration for Christopoulou. For more on the Melissa Network’s everyday activity, visit the organization’s Facebook page.

From the speaker's bio:

Nadina Christopoulou earned her B.A. degree at McGill University, and her M.Phil and Ph.D. at Cambridge University. Melissa: Network of Migrant Women in Greece was founded in 2014 with the involvement of migrant women leaders, and today counts members from over 45 countries. Its purpose is to promote the empowerment, communication, and active participation of migrant and refugee women, reversing negative stereotypes and making their distinct voices heard. 


More about the Josh Rosenthal Education Fund

This lecture is supported by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's Josh Rosenthal Education Fund. The Fund was created in memory of Josh Rosenthal, a 1979 U-M graduate who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The fund supports lectures, research, and student internships that encourage public discussion and greater understanding of changes in the world since 9/11.