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Jose Antonio Vargas | Thursday, January 30, 2020 | Washtenaw Community College | 7pm
Jose Antonio Vargas, author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, will speak about the book and his experiences. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.
After Hours Book Club at Serendipity Books | Chelsea, MI | Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 7-8:30pm
Serendipity Books will host a discussion of Dear America as part of the After Hours Book Club. All are welcome to participate.
Film Screening: Documented | AADL, Downtown Library | Monday, January 6, 2020 | 7-8:30pm
"Documented" chronicles Vargas' journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives.
Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion at Saline District Library | Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 7-8pm
SDL's As the Page Turns Book Club will discuss Dear America. All are welcome to participate.
Civics 101: Immigration Basics | Chelsea District Library | Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 7–8pm | Registration required
There are a lot of confusing reports on immigration in the news. Join us as Melanie Jones, Staff Attorney from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, shares information about immigration eligibility, refugee status, and what it means to seek asylum. She will also provide an overview of the role and jurisdiction of ICE, the different types of immigrant status, and information on what it is like to go through this process.
Film Screening: Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American | Dexter District Library | Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 7pm
Following his 2011 essay published in the New York Times Magazine, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as one of 11 million undocumented American immigrants. “Documented” follows the recently out Vargas as he travels the country, lending his voice to the cause of immigration reform and dealing with the media backlash of being undocumented and working in America. There will be time after the viewing for an open discussion of the film and the community read book.
Film & Discussion: Salud Sin Papeles: Health Undocumented | AADL, Downtown Library | Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 6-8:30pm
Join for a viewing of the film Health Undocumented and a panel discussion with UM Assistant Professor Paul Fleming and Director of Salud Sin Papeles Juan Freitez about health disparities in the United States.
Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion | AADL, Pittsfield Branch | Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 7-8pm
Join AADL staff for a discussion of the 2020 Washtenaw Read, Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas.
Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion at Chelsea District Library | Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 6:30-7:30pm
Join CDL staff for a discussion of the 2020 Washtenaw Read. No registration required.
Film Screening: Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American | Saline District Library | Monday, January 27, 2020 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Following his 2011 essay published in the New York Times Magazine, titled My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant, Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as one of 11 million undocumented American immigrants. Documented follows the recently out Vargas as he travels the country, lending his voice to the cause of immigration reform and dealing with the media backlash of being 'out' in America.
Discussion of Dear America with UM Center for Southeast Asian Studies | Weiser Hall Room 555, 500 Church St., Ann Arbor | Monday, January 27, 2020 | 6pm-8:30pm
This discussion will be led by Marlon James Sales, postdoctoral fellow in critical translation studies at the Department of Comparative Literature, and Rima Hassouneh, CSEAS outreach coordinator; it will also feature Q&A. Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30pm. CSEAS will give out complimentary copies of "Dear America" to those interested in one or both book events. Contact Rima Hassouneh (firstname.lastname@example.org). Twenty-five books will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis. Pick-up location: Weiser Hall, Fourth Floor, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Washtenaw Reads Discussion at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | 306 N. Division, Ann Arbor | Sunday, February 2, 2020 | 11:30am in the Chapel
Dr. Deborah Kanter, Chair, and John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History at Albion College, will lead the discussion. Dr. Kanter’s area of expertise is Latin American History, particularly the Mexican Diaspora. She’s also the author of Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming)
Citizenship Through Naturalization | Dexter District Library | Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 6:30pm
The topics of legal and illegal immigration are top news items. Understand the process of how someone becomes a Naturalized United States Citizen from Frank Castria, Community Relations Officer with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department as he explains how the immigration process works.
Local Author Event | Separated | AADL, Downtown Library | Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 7-8:30pm
In Separated, William D. Lopez examines the lasting damage done by this daylong act of collaborative immigration enforcement in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Exploring the chaos of enforcement through the lens of community health, Lopez discusses deportation's rippling negative effects on families, communities, and individuals. Join for a discussion of the book by the author and the opportunity to ask questions.
Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion at Ypsilanti District Library-Whittaker Branch | Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 10:30am
Join YDL staff for a discussion of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. No registration required.
Essential Arrival: Michigan’s Indian Immigrants in the 21st Century | Chelsea District Library | Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 6:30–8pm | Registration required
Learn about the immigration experience from the perspective of Indian people who became citizens of the United States in the 21st century, and the amazing diversity and opportunities that immigration brings to our country. This movie screening will include a Q & A with the film's co-producer, Dr. Arifa Javed.
Myths vs. Facts About Immigrants and Refugees | Dexter District Library | Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 6pm
Michigan is home to over 700,000 foreign-born residents. This program explores immigrant education levels, economic impact, crime and cultural contributions. Presenter, Karen Phillippi, is the Director of New American Integration with the Office of Global Michigan.