Refugees, War, and Human Rights

Millions of refugees and other displaced people are fleeing war and violence from the Middle East to Central America and beyond. This course examines this global phenomenon, as well as one of the world’s least well-known refugee crises the forced removal of the Chagossian people from Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean, by the U.S. military. The class explores topics including the effects and causes of forced displacement, race and racism, environmental refugees, gentrification, and movements to combat human rights violations and assist the displaced. Participants have opportunities to learn about and support refugees and other displaced peoples outside the classroom.