International Refugee Migration in the 21st Century

John Tenhula

Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8 10:00 a.m. - noon 6 sessions
Prescott House, 55 Beacon Street

This course aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the complexities of current politics and practices of international refugee migration and protection based on uN treaty and uS law, from 1948 to the present. Through film clips, lectures, handouts, and group and general discussion groups based on a certain assigned case, we will better understand the current difficulty and artificial legal distinctions  between UN-mandated and protected refugees, US asylum seekers, internationally internally displaced persons, and mass migration. 

Finally, in small groups, a hypothetical US asylum case (uS I-489 form) will require you to grant or deny asylum for admission of a case based on your outside research of US government and NGO web-based country conditions as a group. Dissenting opinions are welcome. 

Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion     Weekly Preparation: 2 hours


    John Tenhula

    John Tenhula, B.A., PhD, J.D., M.Phil, was educated at Columbia University and Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge. His legal and advocacy work was for the National Council of Churches and the UN High Commission for Refugees in 18 countries. He continues to serve on special UN study committees. He served as CEO of the Balch Institute in Philadelphia  for 11 years, and currently is a hospital and prison chaplain in Massachusetts.