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Teach-In on the Earthquake in Syria & Türkiye


This is a hybrid event. Attendees may participate remotely via Zoom, or attend in person at  the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St NW, Room 505, Washington, D.C. 20052.


The earthquake centered in Turkey was the largest in over a century, and the destruction that extended into already war-ravaged sections of northern Syria has been difficult to comprehend. Members of the Turkish and Syrian diasporas have been quick to organize relief efforts, but many of these face obstacles due to ongoing conflicts and sanctions. What can we do when faced with such unrelenting tragedy? What can historical relief efforts teach us about how to respond today? Please join IMES and the Humanitarian Action Initiative for a teach-in that will address these and other questions with speakers from GW and beyond.


READ (News Sources/Reporting)

Jane Ferguson, PBS

Al Monitor

Refugees International Issue Brief

SUPPORT (Donations, Aid)


GW Turkish Students’ Association 

Turkish Red Cross


TP Fund


Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations 




White Helmets

Molham Team

Syria Relief and Development


Syrian American Medical Society


  • Ilana Feldman is Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at The George Washington University.

  • Nimet Kıraç , a graduate of the George Washington University, is a freelance journalist based in Turkey's southern province of Adana.

  • Maryam Deloffre is Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Humanitarian Action Initiative at The George Washington University.

  • Katty Alhayek is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at The Creative School and a faculty member in the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at the Toronto Metropolitan University.

  • Dilan Okcuoglu is a Non-Resident Visiting Fellow at CUNY, Middle East, and Middle Eastern American Center..