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AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST TO DELIVER TALK AT MCLA ON GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS

01/30/17

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome Joanna Slater, a U.S. correspondent for The Globe and Mail, Toronto’s daily newspaper, to speak about her experiences covering the global refugee crisis, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

“On the Refugee Trail” is part of MCLA’s Annual Conflict Prevention and Resolution Speaker Series, made possible by a generous gift from the Boschen Peace and International Understanding Fund. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to hear from a respected professional who has ample face-to-face experience with refugees and can, thus, tell us some of their stories while also providing the broader policy perspective,” said Dr. David Cupery, assistant professor of political science at MCLA.

According to Cupery, the global refugee crisis is an issue with enormous political and humanitarian importance that is likely to continue to grow in prominence. In addition, the refugee crisis has played a role in elections in this country, along with those across Europe, he said.

Slater was named the 2015 Journalist of the Year at the National Newspaper Awards for her coverage of the refugee crisis, which won in the international category as well. Her work has also been nominated three times for her contributions to special projects and breaking news coverage.

In 2015, Slater traveled with large groups of refugees across Hungary, Austria and Germany by bus, train and foot. At MCLA, she will discuss her experiences, the stories of the people she met, and related implications for policy in the United States.

Her career includes reporting assignments in the U.S., Europe and Asia. A resident of Williamstown, she divides her time between the Berkshires and New York City, N.Y., where she reports on financial, economic and political news.

Slater also covered the 2012 presidential elections, the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Boston marathon bombing and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Prior to joining The Globe in 2010, she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where her assignments included reporting on the financial crisis out of New York and covering South Asian business and politics from Mumbai.

Slater spent seven years in Asia, based first in Hong Kong and then in India, where she wrote about a wide range of topics, from the massacre of the royal family in Nepal to the Kashmir dispute to discrimination against HIV-positive children. She has reported stories from 14 countries.

Earlier in her career, Slater won the Young Journalist Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia. She grew up in Toronto, Canada, attended Smith College in Northampton, and completed two master’s degrees from Columbia University in New York City, N.Y., in international affairs and journalism.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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