Building Community: Immigrants + Refugees in the Triad


Building Community: Immigrants + Refugees in the Triad

Type of Event: Lecture
Presenter: Suja Sawafta

February 22, 2018
6:30-7:30 pm
Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium

News clips and statistics overshadow the realities of rebuilding one’s life in a new country. Join us as we hear from individuals who have resettled in the Triad and others who are supporting their efforts, and learn ways the community can get involved.

Participants include Tawanna Maryland, Volunteer Coordinator, Center for New North Carolinians; Natacha Nikokeza, refugee from Burundi, E. Africa and Glen Haven & Legacy Crossing Community Center Program Coordinator, Center for New North Carolinians; Jeremy Rinker, Assistant Professor, Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, UNCG; and Megan Shepard, Site Director, Church World Service Greensboro.

Moderated by Suja Sawafta, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and lecturer of Arabic language and literature, UNCG and PhD candidate in Modern Arabic Literature at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. A reception of Syrian food by Zekiye Bilal, a Syrian refugee in Chapel Hill, hosted by the UNCG Islamic Studies Research Network, follows.

This evening’s program is supported by ArtsGreensboro and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Baggage Claims on view January 27-April 22, 2018.

Panel discussion organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum