SAINT AUGUSTINE – Nahal Toosi, a foreign affairs correspondent at Politico, will be speaking at Flagler College in the Lewis Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 11 on the Rohingya Crisis. Her talk, titled “The Rohingya Crisis: Lessons and Laments,” is part of Flagler College’s Forum on Government and Public Policy series.
Toosi plans on taking a less traditional approach to the lecture format by encouraging conversation through an extended question and answer session. She intends the dialogue to center around lessons society has learned which should inform a plan to respond to future crisis situations and events such as mass genocide. She suggests that a reconsideration of our nation’s “Never again” promise from the Holocaust is essential in order to determine if that is still a viable promise – do we have the political tools necessary to maintain this?
Toosi also suggests that another consideration to take is that “The global migration crisis is only going to get worse partly due to global warming. The world simply isn’t prepared or unified enough to handle it.”
Toosi says that while the Rohingya situation is getting a lot of media attention, she doesn’t see that attention turning into real action or solutions due to a lack of independent news sources in the area. “Most of the news people get is from Facebook and social media which means that the citizens are getting incorrect messages and it is being used as a tool for spreading hate and wrong information.”
Toosi has previously covered higher education during her time at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. While there, she expanded her reporting to cover migrant and refugee issues from Egypt, Thailand, Germany, South Korea and Iraq – during the 2003 invasion. Toosi has also worked for The Associated Press, based out of New York, Islamabad, Kabul and London. She was one of the first to report on the death of Osama bin Laden from Abbottabad, Pakistan. Most recently, she has authored a project on the Rohingya Crisis for the Pulitzer Center.
For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally-recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. All Forums take place in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Phil Pownall at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.
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