Syrian Refugee Children, Croatian Ambassador, Social Networks
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 226
- Feb 4, 2016 10:00 pm
- 1:41:40 mins
Syrian Refugee Children (1:03) Guest: Dr. Selcuk Sirin, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University Of the more than 4 million refugees fleeing war and poverty in Syria, about half are children – most under the age of twelve. Now, we’ve all seen how resilient kids can be in adapting to new environments and overcoming hardship. But what these young Syrians have – and continue – to experience is something different altogether. And the research of New York University psychology researcher Selcuk Sirin suggests the mental health needs of most of these children are not being met by the international community. Sirin spent time interviewing young Syrian refugees at a camp in Turkey to get a handle on both their mental health and educational needs. Croatian Ambassador on Refugees (22:24) Guest: Josip Paro, Croatian Ambassador to the United States The refugee crisis has placed enormous strain on the European Union and its open border policies – leading some experts to speculate it could be the end of the union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself at the center of the storm, having led the creation of migrant policies across the region. She faces new pressure to restrict access after a number of asylum seekers were linked to sexual assaults that took place in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. One of the European Union’s newer members – Croatia – is a cross-roads for migrants making their way up from Greece, bound for Austria, Germany and further West. Social Networks (37:32) Guest: Kathleen Harris, PhD, James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Having friends is important to mental health, and over the last 20 years, research has shown positive social relationships can improve physical health and even help us live longer. But to this point, the exact connection between friends and the health of our bodies has been unclear. What’s biological mechanism that translates BFFs into better body weight? Is having friends more important when we’re younger, if good health is the goal? And what about the question of quantity? How many friends is the right amount to maximize good health? Civil Rights (51:42) Guest: Hasan Kwame Jeffries, PhD, Professor of African American and US History at Ohio State University, Author of “Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt” It’s Black History Month, a time to reflect on the fight for racial equality here in America. Fifty-one years ago, the historic march from Selma to Montgomery helped usher in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The midpoint of that march passed through rural Lowndes County, Alabama, which is where author Hasan Kwame Jeffries focuses his account of the Civil Rights movement. Ruby Bridges (1:17:00) Guest: Ruby Bridges, a Civil Rights icon since the age of six, when she was among the first African American children to integrate an all-white school in the South Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting of a tiny African American girl flanked by four federal marshals is called “The Problem We All Live With,” and it’s a provocative invitation to consider the ugliness of racism. The girl’s dress and sneakers and the little bow in her braided hair are impossibly white. She looks calm and resolute, even though the wall she’s walking by is marred with a racial slur and the splatter of tomatoes. She’s Ruby Bridges, and November 14, 1960 was her first day of first grade as one of the first African American children to integrate an all-white school in the South. Looking at the painting, you can’t help but wonder what’s going through her mind. Make sure to see the exhibit yourself at the BYU Museum of Art. Last day is February 13th.