Selçuk Şirin, a professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology, delivered the 2016 Jacob K. Javits Lecture at NYU on November 14th. In his speech, “Syrian Refugee Children: Food and Shelter is Not the Answer,” Şirin discussed the humanitarian crisis facing Syrian children and insights gleaned from his ongoing projects studying immigrant children.
Şirin is the author of Turkey at the Crossroads: Freedom or Misery (2015) and Muslim American Youth (2008). His current work focuses on immigrant children in New York, Muslim youth in the U.S., refugees in Turkey and Norway, and students at risk in U.S. schools.
The Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship at New York University was established in 2008 to honor the memory of the late Senator and to perpetuate his values. The Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship is awarded to a distinguished individual whose work focuses on an issue close to the Senator’s interests.