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Past IIHA Events


The International Legal Framework on Climate
Change: Principles and Obligations

Thursday, October 13 1:00 to 2:30 PM

309 Lowenstein building

lincoln center campus, 113 west 60 street new york, ny 10023

Climate Change, Migration and Environmental Refugees

Thursday, September 22 1:00 to 2:30 PM
309 Lowenstein Building
Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60 Street New York, NY 10023

Please join us for a lecture by two leading national experts on migration and refugee studies, Dr. Susan Martin of Georgetown University, and Father Richard Ryscavage of Fairfield University.

Topics to be addressed include:

How will our current structures of international law accommodate for climate refugees?
How will the international community be able to deliver aid and assistance to an increasing number of survivors in disaster zones?
How can the world's nations adequately plan for an increase in climate refugees as a result of increasing incidence of natural disasters?

Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP: email

Susan F. Martin, the Donald G. Herzberg Associate Professor of International Migration, serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Martin is a long-time expert on immigration and refugee policy, serving as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and as the Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group.

Fr. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., director of Fairfield’s Center for Faith and Public Life and Professor of Sociology, is a renowned expert on immigration and refugees. Father Ryscavage served as national director of the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and as the Executive Director of Migration and Refugee services for the U S Catholic bishops.

Fundamental Disaster Management/
Society Critical Care Medicine Course

We are pleased to announce that from June 18 - June 19, 2011, the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and the Division of Critical Care and Tropical Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital will hold a joint program on essential topics in fundamental disaster management.  Topics covered will include the actors, roles and mandates of those in the humanitarian field, shelter and camp management, critical case studies, and the medical aspects of disaster management. 

The program is open to all interested individuals. 

It is free for residents of Lenox Hill Hospital, and 250 USD for all other participants.  This cost includes the course fee and materials. 

The course will be located at Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 East 77th Street, Achillus Building, Conference Room A1. 

If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to Dr. Bushra Mina at

Consortium on Security and Humanitarian Action 2011 Frontiers of Humanitarianism Conference: "Innovation and Humanitarian Action"

Sponsored by: The institute of international humanitarian affairs, CUNY's Ralph Bunch institute for international studies, columbia's school of international and public affairs, and NYU's Wagner graduate school of public service, center on international cooperation, and school of continuing and graduate studies
March 30, 2011
  9:00 AM-4:00 PM
12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building
Fordham Lincoln Center Campus

CUNY Graduate Center: "Twenty Years of Lessons Learned or Spurned by Inter- Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations"
Thomas G. Weiss (CUNY), Graciana del Castillo (Columbia University), Allegra Baiocchi (OCHA), and Gerald Martone (IRC).

New York University:"National and Regional Humanitarian Actors: How the International System Can More Accurately Measure Their Contribution and Support Their Independent Capacity"
Abby Stoddard (NYU), Katherine Haver (Humanitarian Outcomes), Connie Robson (IRC), and Rania Hadra (UNOCHA).

Columbia University: "Replacing the Dunantist Humanitarian Values with a Right-Based Framework"
Dirk Salomons (Columbia), Pierre Dorbes (ICRC), Yasmine Ergas (Columbia University), Duncan Mclean (MSF), and David Rieff (Author).

Fordham University:"Professionalization as Innovation"
Melissa Labonte (Fordham), Michael Barnett (GWU), Larry Hollingworth (IIHA), Argentina Szabados (IOM), and Alex van Tulleken, M.D.

Click the links below to view videos of the panels:
NYU Panel
Columbia Panel
Fordham Panel

Haiti: One Year Later

Sponsored by: The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
February 23, 2011
5:30 PM
12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building
Fordham Lincoln Center Campus

Experts in the field of international humanitarian affairs discuss the humanitarian work done in Haiti in the year since the 2010 earthquake.

Panelists include: Mathhew Cochrane of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), Robin Contino of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Anne Edgerton of Oxfam International, Gerald Martone of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Russell POrter of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Flood Relief Efforts in Pakistan

A lecture by Mark Ward,
Acting Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office
of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

Sponsored by: The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
October 22nd, 2010
2:00 PM
Lowenstein Building Room 912
Fordham Lincoln Center Campus


USAID/OFDA is the lead agency responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government emergency assistance overseas and to provide humanitarian assistance to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of natural and man-made disasters worldwide.

Topics that will be covered in this lecture include USAID-funded Pakistan flood relief efforts currently taking place and USAID-funded Pakistan flood relief efforts for the future, especially during the initial transition into early recovery activities.

Join the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs on Friday, October 22nd at 2:00 PM in the Lowenstein Building Room 912 for this fascinating and informative lecture. A question and answer session will follow, and refreshments will be served.


International Humanitarian Affairs Minor Information Session
Learn about Fordham's exciting new Minor! 

Change your world.

 Sponsored By:

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

Thursday, October 21st
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Lowenstein 515

Wednesday, October 20th and 27th
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Keating 104

Click here to learn more about the Minor program

Little Town of Bethlehem

Courage is found not in taking up arms, but setting them down once and for all.

 Sponsored By:
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Fordham University Political Science Department

Rose Hill:
September 22, 2010
7:00 PM
Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library

Lincoln Center:
October 5, 2010
6:00 PM
McMahon 205/206

"Little Town of Bethlehem" shares the gripping story of three men, born into violence, willing to risk everything to bring an end to violence in their lifetime. A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew-shaped by events of their Palestinian and Israeli upbringing-find inspiration in the words and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Sami, Ahmad, and Yonatan believe that violence can indeed be stopped but recognize their own struggles will remain. Yet they will struggle together to discover a common humanity through non-violent action.

In the city of Bethlehem where it is said God became man, these men stand alongside others whose central desire is to be accepted and treated as fully human. Their story brings fresh hope to the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel while taking a stand against violence throughout the world.

Join the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and Fordham's Political Science department for a screening of this groundbreaking and fascinating documentary. The film will be shown at both the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses on separate dates. Don't miss the opportunity to further explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and learn more about the "Little Town of Bethlehem".


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