Helen Thorpe of The Newcomers, along with a paraprofessional from Denver’s South High School and a member of the Colorado African Organization, will discuss refugee crises around the globe, and how the US is at a political crossroads around questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage. Thorpe’s The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers, many of them refugees, throughout the course of the 2015-16 school year as they land at South High School, in an English Language Acquisition class created specifically for them. Speaking no English, unfamiliar with American culture, their stories are poignant and remarkable as they find deep fulfillment in doing their work, while still facing the enormous challenge of adapting.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, UNO
Meeting Type: PopTop Stage
Cost: Included with full conference and exhibits only registration.