Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will present a panel discussion, “A Conversation on Refugees: Local and Global,” May 7 at 2 p.m.

“The worldwide refugee crisis is without parallel in human history,” said Joseph Baxer, president of the United Nations Association of Connecticut.

“Refugees, millions, mostly women and children, are in crisis. Not since the end of World War II have so many human beings been displaced from their homes and country.

“They had to leave, not by choice, everything they know and love: risking their lives, yearning for a safe space to live and work with human dignity,” Baxer said.

Sergei Kambalov, a 21-year veteran of the U.N., will speak for the new U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, while Robert Petrausch, professor at Iona College, returning from a European study/teaching sabbatical, and Baxer, returning from the Middle East, will reflect on the situations they have experienced.

In addition the panel will include five students from Shepaug Valley High School, spotlighting the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

The participating students are Bianca Getzel, representing Ambassador Matthew Rycroft from the United Kingdom; Matthew Marchese — Ambassador Liv Jieyii from China; Jack Roush, — Ambassador Pyotr Ilichov of Russia; Wilson King — Ambassador Nikki Haley — USA and Bridget Snyder — Ambassador Francois Delattre of France.

Chris Dennis, teacher at SVHS, is offering guidance and support to the students.

For more information and RSVP, call the Wykeham Road library at 860-868-7586.