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Charest to Present Schemmel Endowed Lecture

By Clarke News  |  February 15, 2018
Charest refugee vigil
Louis Charest of Catholic Relief Services

Louis Charest of Catholic Relief Services will give the Schemmel Endowed Lecture on March 15, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on Clarke University’s campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The presentation is entitled “A Compassionate Response to the Global Migration and Refugee Crisis.”

The lecture will discuss the topic of living through the worst refugee crisis in human history. Poverty, war, persecution and climate change have forced millions of individuals to flee for their lives. Charest will discuss what is happening, why, and what is a just response.

Lou Charest has 15 years of experience working to engage the U.S community on international justice issues for NGOs and higher education institutions.  He has visited Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, and 20 countries in the Middle East to better understand and address global poverty.  He contributed to the newly released Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response (Anselm Academic, 2017), and for the past seven years served on the University Engagement team at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) focusing on engaging students, faculty and administrators from higher education across the United States in the mission of CRS.  He is currently a member of CRS’ Strategy team.  He lives in Baltimore with his wife Courtney and their four children.