'The White Helmets'

Documentary and discussion to be held Nov. 14 at Luther

Known as the White Helmets, a group of volunteers have spent years risking their lives to help aid the victims of the Syrian civil war. In honor of International Education Week Nov. 13-17, Luther College will screen the 2016 Netflix documentary "The White Helmets" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

A discussion panel featuring Todd Green, Luther associate professor of religion, Pedro dos Santos, Luther associate professor of political science, and students Massi Faqiri, Luther class of 2020, and Lauren Knuckey, Luther class of 2018, will follow the screening. The event, open to the public with no charge for admission, is hosted by the Luther College International Students and Allies Association.

The Syrian Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets, is a group of volunteers who rescue victims of government air attacks and deliver aid to those affected by the destruction of Syria's civil war. In five years, more than 200 volunteers have been killed in the line of duty. However, they've provided aid for an estimated seven million people in Syria and Turkey. The documentary, which follows the aid workers from training to battling bombings and sniper attacks, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2017.

Green is a nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia. He served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department for the 2016-17 academic year and has given lectures on Islamophobia to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security among many others.

dos Santos' research focuses on Latin American, especially Brazilian, politics. Recently, his research has examined women's political representation in Brazil and the historical legacy and institutional mechanisms undermining the election of women in Brazil.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.