This semester, for a student group in the College of International Studies that I am a part of, I helped plan and host a screening of the documentary The White Helmets. ThisĀ film is about a group of volunteers who help save lives and clean up after bombings in Syria. Many have died, but they have saved exponentially more lives than they have lost. All in all it was an incredibly touching documentary. In addition to planning the film screening, I also set up a panel discussion with graduate students whose research interests were relevant to the content of the film. After the film ended, we had a ’round-table’ discussion about the conflicts in Syria. I learned several new things about the Middle East, most notably the role of drought in the Syrian conflicts.