TRU professor opening arms to those affected by travel ban

By Chad Klassen
January 30, 2017 - 1:20am Updated: January 31, 2017 - 2:51pm

KAMLOOPS — A TRU history professor, who has a dual citizenship in Canada and the U.S., has been watching in awe from afar as Donald Trump enacts these executive orders. 

He now wants to help any student or professor caught in the crossfire of this travel ban. 

Wilson Bell, who specializes in 20th century history and repression, especially in relation to Russia and the Soviet Union, wants Thompson Rivers to become a safe asylum for those students and professors who may be needing refuge after Trump's ban.

Bell is worried about fellow professors doing research down south, and he didn't simply want to sit back and watch this unfold. 

"Just had a feeling that something had to be done," says Bell. "The idea of the bystander, the person who stays silent and just lets it happen, is something I've looked at, studied. So I really wanted to not be that person, at least get something out there, get a debate going to see if there's something we [at TRU] can do."

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