Inquiry 2017 - Syria: The Future, Program

Syria: The Future


Syria: The Future

Inquiry 2017
April 6-8, 2017


Thursday, April 6


Tong Liu, EPIIC Inquiry Committee and Colloquium Member


Cries from Syria
An excerpt from the new documentary ”CRIES FROM SYRIA“, a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal ve-year con ict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protestors, leaders of the revolution, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens, and high-ranking army generals who defected from the government. It is a documentary by Evgeny A neevsky, and it premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


Keynote Panel Presentation

Marc Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest
Under his leadership, the JFS array of services has multiplied, constantly responding to changing community needs and working to Stand Up for Those Left Behind. The current JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project is a large and diverse coalition creating new lives and possibilities, especially for young children, the innocent victims of that horri c war. Marc and his organization have been thought and best practices leaders in areas ranging from refugees and immigrants, to elders managing the challenges of aging to issues of poverty in both the Jewish and broader community. Marc recently received the 2017 William James College Mental Health Humanitarian Award.

Lucia Carballo Panichella, Director of Immigrant Services, Jewish Familly Service of Metrowest
Lucia is the project leader for the JFS Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project. She is leading the full operations teams of staff and volunteers, with over 250 volunteers across multiple synagogues, Islamic Centers, Syrian American organizations and JFS itself. Housing, employment, English language acquisition, pre-school and early literacy, friendship development, and of course entry and success in schools are all part of the parents and young children’s concrete daily living and acculturation needs. Lucia has built the professional teams and the ongoing relationships to coalition members and community resources that are all wrapped around creating opportunities and choices for the Syrian refugee families.

Jenna Russell, Reporter and Member of the Spotlight Team, Boston Globe
She was one of four reporters who produced the 2016 Spotlight series “The Desperate and the Dead,” about failures of the state’s mental health care system, recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors as a nalist for the 2017 Batten Medal for public service journalism. Previously, her reporting on the long-term effects of childhood bullying won a 2011 Dart Award, for excellence in coverage of trauma, from Columbia Journalism School. Jenna also worked on “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope,” the Globe’s ground-breaking 2012 multimedia series based on a year-long immersion in one of Boston’s most violent neighborhoods. She is the co-author of two Globe books: Last Lion, a 2009 biography of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Long Mile Home, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Her deadline reporting on the bombing was part of the staff effort that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting in 2014. Jenna will show accompanying photos by Suzanne Kreiter of the Globe.


Question and Answer with the Audience


Adjourn into Small Groups


Small Group Discussions




Friday, April 7


Pearson Hall, Room 104


Alexis Tatore, EPIIC Inquiry Committee and Colloquium Member


The Hunter Farnham Inquiry Memorial Lecture:
Syria's Multidimensional War and Future
Faysal Itani, Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
At the Atlantic Council, he focuses primarily on the Syrian con ict and its regional impact. Itani was born and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and has lived and worked in several Arab countries. Before joining the Atlantic Council, he was a risk analyst advising governments, corporations, and international organizations on political, economic, and security issues in the Middle East. Itani has repeatedly briefed the United States government and its allies on the con ict in Syria and its effects on their interests. He has been widely published and quoted in prominent media including The New York Times, TIME, Politico, The Washington Post, CNN, US News, Huf ngton Post, and The Wall Street Journal.


Opening Plenary Welcome
Shaan Shaikh, Arab League


Opening Statements


Committee Meetings


Delegation Meetings




Saturday, April 8


Barnum 008


Delegation Meetings


Committee Meetings


Delegation Meetings


Working Lunch with your delegations


Committee Meetings


Delegation Meetings


Committee Meetings


Delegation Meetings


Final Committee Meetings


Final Delegation Meetings


Closing Plenary
Douglas Berger, Arab League


Closing Statement
Jackson McGlinchey, EPIIC Inquiry Committee and Colloquium Member





Hunter Farnham

Hunter Farnham began working on the problems of economic, environmental, and social development in Africa in the 1960s, primarily for the U.S. Agency for International Development, eventually traveling to more than 35 countries on the continent. Among his positions were Uganda desk officer, Assistant Director for the Sahel and Francophone West Africa, officer-in-Charge of Zimbabwe and Ethiopia and Djibouti programs, headingthe US-AID Missions in Uganda and Guinea-Bissau and various special assistantships and directorships of inter-Agency taskforces on African emergencies such as locust plagues, famines, droughts, and problems of refugees and displaced persons. He also consulted extensively for a number of American NGOs.

Hunter was a member of the Institute for Global Leadership's External Advisory Board and advised the Current Events & International Relations Club at Philips Exeter Academy, which has participated in the EPIIC Inquiry program.

Among his other activities included: seaman in the Canadian merchant marine, a former editor/writer/photographer for international Grand Prix/Sports Car racing, captain of the US State Department tennis team, and life member of the Sudan Studies Association.