Dr Marius Taba visits The Roma/Travellers: State and European Policy and Civil Society class

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Dr Marius Taba, Romanian Roma activist and educationalist joined the class (The Roma/Travellers: State and European Policy and Civil Society taught by Professor Andrew Ryder) on December 15 and held a discussion with McDaniel students on the challenges facing the Roma in Europe today. Questions from the students centered on whether the Communist period had been a materially better time for the Roma than the present day. There were also questions as to how the Roma might fare given the wave of often reactive populism that appeared to be sweeping the world. Despite the huge challenges facing the Roma Dr Taba stressed the importance of civil society and Roma communities retaining a sense of hoping and avoiding fatalism, he also felt Roma needed to forge broader alliances than hitherto with other vulnerable and excluded groups in a quest for social justice.