BHSU Multicultural Mosaics radio show will focus on refugeeism

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, March 3, 2016/Categories: 2016

Panelists of BHSU Multicultural Mosaics radio session about refugeeism.

The Multicultural Mosaics radio show at Black Hills State University introduces a panel discussion this month focusing on refugeeism. The radio session will discuss refugeeism, a situation when people are forced flee their country for refuge or safety, in order to eliminate the fast-growing fear of terrorism that is associated with refugees around the world.

The Multicultural Mosaics radio session on refugees airs throughout the month of March on the BHSU radio station, 89.1 The Buzz FM. Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communication at BHSU and advisor of BHSU Media, leads the panel discussion and says refugeeism should be looked upon from the perspective of globalization and diversification.

"This edition of the show is a two-part series," says Caton-Rosser. "In the show we present historical examples and not only address the topic of Syrian refugees. Syria is only a piece of the pie which happens to be relevant in the media and society right now."

The opinions on the broadcast include six perspectives of BHSU faculty, staff, students and community members interviewed for the project.

Dr. Sandra Marker, associate professor of sociology, believes that refugeeism tests our humanity and our compassion.

"The chaos does not come from the crisis but rather from how the crisis is being managed and by how it is being portrayed in the media," adds Marker.

Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, retired professor of political science, BHSU, says all people should care about this issue.

"There are 19 million refugees living outside the land of their domicile, and almost 40 million more who are internally displaced," adds Ahmad. "A sense of humanity encourages, indeed, demands that we become aware of the problem, and work towards solutions."

Dr. John Van Benthuysen, assistant professor of political science at BHSU, believes South Dakota residents should care about the issue because the majority of refugees come from countries where the U.S. military is active: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

"We live in a world of unequal sovereign states where territorial borders are treated as sacrosanct," adds Van Benthuysen. "Money and investment can cross state borders but people typically cannot."

Caton-Rosser invites people to see through stereotypes by doing research and seeking the truth.

"Oftentimes refugees are just people who are fleeing a terrible situation. We have to step in their shoes and think, 'what if that was us'," Caton-Rosser adds.

Van Benthuysen, says that living in the most prosperous and powerful country in history brings great power.

"And with great power comes great responsibility to do right by humanity," adds Van Benthuysen.

Multicultural Mosaics pre-recorded, one-hour Refugeeism radio sessions air on 89.1 The Buzz FM from 6-7 p.m. MT Wednesdays and Sundays from 10-11 a.m. throughout March. Session One is currently broadcasting and Session Two starts March 13. Both sessions will be posted as podcasts at

Featured voices in the Refugeeism sessions include:
  • Stephen Farghali, mass communication and psychology major from Belle Fourche
  • Robyn Hynes, mass communication major from Pierre
  • Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, retired professor of political science, BHSU
  • Dr. Katherine Wildman, director of international relations and global engagement, BHSU
  • Dr. Sandra Marker, associate professor of sociology, BHSU
  • Dr. John Van Benthuysen, assistant professor of political Science, BHSU
Multicultural Mosaics is supported by the BHSU Multicultural Committee.  For more information, contact Caton-Rosser at 605-642-6422 or email

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