Posts Tagged ‘Portland’

BOOKS: Welcoming Immigrants with Children’s Literature

Posted on: November 18th, 2018 by Charlie Gauvin No Comments

Print: A Bookstore is honoring the contribution that children’s literature plays in the larger immigration conversation. Author and illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien will share her new picture book SOMEONE NEW, the companion to her award-winning I’M NEW HERE. In her interconnected books, new arrival students and "long term” students explore belonging and friendship. Anne will be joined by Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor Books, who will share other books set in immigrant communities.  Additionally they will demonstrate how Maine has taken the lead nationally on using children’s books to welcome immigrants with the creation of the Welcoming Library.  Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase immigration titles for the benefit of Greater Portland schools.

 

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PANEL: ACLU/ILAP on US Immigration Policy | hosted by Maine College of Art

Posted on: November 15th, 2018 by Charlie Gauvin No Comments

Panel Title: The “Know-Nothing” Movement Is Back: Examining Current U.S. Immigration Policy Through A Historical Lens

Attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project discuss what current anti-immigrant U.S. policy has in common with the Know Nothing movement from the nineteenth century.

This event will be hosted in the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA.

                                 

 

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CONVERSATION: Artist as Activist

Posted on: November 11th, 2018 by Charlie Gauvin No Comments

A post show discussion with the actors engaged in the creation of Refuge *Malja* ملجأ following the 2pm matinee at Portland Stage.

 

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Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference

Posted on: November 10th, 2018 by Charlie Gauvin No Comments
With a mission to “Empower, Educate & Inspire the Immigrant Woman”, EIW works to motivate Maine’s immigrant women to, with the League of Women Voters, highlight voting engagement issues specific to their mission, raise awareness of their challenges,  and honor their community “Trailblazers”. The all-day conference will kick off at 9am with a Forum whose goal will be to educate the newest Americans on the programs and services available to address education, social and challenges faced. Join us at 6pm as we recognize trailblazer women who are serving and changing Maine communities with their work in specific immigrant communities in Maine, across America, and abroad.
Morning events at USM Wishcamper Center
9am - 1pm - Conference Program Flow  
11:30 - 1pm Resource Fair Display & Networking with Service Providers 
***PLEASE NOTE AFTERNOON CHANGE OF VENUE TO CONGREGATIOM BET HA'AM (81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 04106)***
5:30pm   Pre-event Reception
6:30pm·  Evening Trailblazer Celebration

 

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FILM: Infiltrators by Khaled Jarrar | Maine College of Art

Posted on: November 9th, 2018 by Charlie Gauvin No Comments

The checkpoint is closed: “Detour, detour!” shouts a taxi driver, announcing the beginning of yet another uncertain search for a way around the barriers curtailing Palestinian movement in the West Bank.

Infiltrators is a visceral “road movie” that chronicles the daily travails of Palestinians of all backgrounds as they seek routes through, under, around, and over a bewildering matrix of barriers.

Following this high stakes “game” of cat and mouse with a handheld video camera, Khaled Jarrarʼs debut documentary was the standout success at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival, winning the Muhr Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize, and the International Critics Prize.

Maine College of Art MFA'19 candidate Inass Yassin will introduce the film, and lead a short discussion after the screening.

This event will take place in MECA's Osher Hall.

 

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MUSIC + POETRY: Culture and Displacement | hosted by Maine College of Art

Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Charlie Gauvin No Comments

Musicians from Palaver Strings will collaborate with Portland based Iraqi immigrants Kifah Abdulla and Jawad Al-Fatlawi to showcase the experiences of Iraqi immigrants in Maine through spoken word and music. Kifah Abdulla, a poet and artist will share his personal narrative through spoken word while Jawad Al-Fatlawi, a oud player, composer, and oud maker, will present his story through his instrument. Palaver musicians will support the two musicians through new arrangements of Iraqi songs and through improvisational accompaniment to the verbal story. They will be joined by poets and writers Reza Jalali and Ekhlas Ahmed who will read from their work.

As a musician-led ensemble, Palaver is driven by collaborative processes, through which its Co-Artistic Directors share musical and administrative leadership. While each member of the ensemble brings unique experiences to the table, they share a passion for taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with new and diverse audiences. In these personal, unconventional settings, Palaver strives to use music to address social issues, promote education and healing, and inspire peers and community to support the arts.

This event will be hosted in the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA.

 

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