Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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Bushra speaking

Staff members and our IRIS refugee ambassadors travel all over the state and region engaging with community members on important issues. We present in many different settings, encouraging connection to refugees, a deeper understanding of the refugee experience, and a celebration of the welcoming spirit that makes our nation strong.  We encourage you to attend any of our upcoming public events. 

If you do not find an event listed in a town near you, stay posted! We will update this page as new opportunities arise.

If you would like IRIS to participate in or plan an event with your organization, please contact Ann O’Brien at aobrien@irisct.org and we will be happy to make arrangements with you. We love meeting new people and organizations at IRIS!

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018
    9:45 amWashington, DC

    FOREIGN POLICY PANEL DISCUSSION

    Join the Niskanen Center for the release of a new paper on the national security and strategic foreign policy impacts of refugee resettlement and two panel discussions with invited keynote speaker Senator James Lankford

    REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY
    A Strategic Case for Refugee Resettlement with

    Professor Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas
    Linda Chavez, Niskanen Center Senior Fellow
    Scott Cooper, Human Rights First

    COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP OF REFUGEES
    Harnessing the Philanthropic Spirit of America with

    Chris Gersten, former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
    Jennifer Bond, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
    Chris George, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

    Co-Sponsored by the National Immigration Forum, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Human Rights First, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
    9:45 AM-12:30PM
    RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE Room 485

    Please RSVP to Matthew La Corte at events@niskanencenter.org

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    6:00pm - 9:00pm Unitarian Society of New Haven 700 Hartford Turnpike Hamden, CT 06517

    Join us for an evening of film and authentic Persian cuisine hosted by the Unitarian Society of New Haven!  This evening will inspire you, while you support refugees overseas and in Connecticut.

    The film, Soufra, endorsed by Susan Sarandon and not yet released to the general public, follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon.  She and other female refugees seek to build their own catering business in pursuit of owning their own foodtruck.  

    Tickets may be purchased online via this link or by contacting the Unitarian Society of New Haven at office@usnh.org.  Your ticket will include the film and light fare by Greenleaf Persian Catering. Greenleaf is owned and operated by a refugee family resettled from Iran by IRIS.  Greenleaf also operates a foodtruck which will be onsite for the event.

    Post performance talkback with Chris George, IRIS Executive Director & Sam Rose, Owner Greenleaf Catering.

    Proceeds to benefit IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.

    SOUFRA Cookbooks -- unique recipes by refugees featured in the film -- will be available for sale as well.
    Proceeds from cookbook sales benefit SOUFRA refugee chefs in Lebanon and IRIS refugees in New Haven!

  • Thu
    11
    Oct
    2018
    6:00 pmFerguson Library, Stamford, CT

    Join us for a viewing of the documentary film Soufra hosted by Stamford's Ferguson Library in conjunction with the Stamford Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Group and Building One Community!  This evening will inspire you, while you support refugees overseas and in Connecticut. Soufra, endorsed by Susan Sarandon and not yet released to the general public, follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon.  She and other female refugees seek to build their own catering business in pursuit of owning their own food truck.