The debate about opening American doors to those fleeing war is nothing new. World War I was particularly traumatic for communities across the Middle East who, in addition to the human toll of the conflict, experienced widespread displacement due to forced relocation, mass migration, and targeted massacres. On Tuesday, May 23 join Yale Scholar Amy Fallas-Kerr as she highlights American efforts to alleviate these humanitarian crises and reviews the first large-scale philanthropic project in response to the plight of Armenians, Syrians and Greeks from 1915-1930. Following her talk, Fallas-Kerr will be joined by Homa Naficy from the Hartford Public Library for a discussion on the ongoing national debate and Connecticut’s efforts regarding refugees and immigration. This program is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities.