Photography Exhibit on Syrian Refugee Crisis Opens at MIIS

syrian-photoA new Global Perspectives Gallery opened this week in the Samson Reading Room at the Institute. Sponsored by the Committee on Art in Public Places, the first exhibit in the new gallery features photographs taken by alumna Sumaya Agha during her work documenting the Syrian Refugee Crisis. More of her work can be seen on the website of Mercy Corps, where she served on the communications team documenting the lives of refugees. Sumaya’s work has also appeared in Huffington Post, BBC Focus on Africa, Forbes Africa,, and The New York Times.

Sumaya gave a gallery talk on September 27, and her work will remain on display in Samson. If you work at, or are visiting the Monterey campus, stop in and view the photos.

The Committee on Art in Public Places came into existence at MIIS last year as a way of adding a visual dimension to what our campus says about who we are, and it has focused on the many ways our students and alumni engage with people, cultures, and environments around the world. It was inspired by, and has sought advice from the Committee on Art in Public Places at Middlebury.