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Programming for Perspective: Promoting Reflection and Discussion on the Immigrant Experience

Your Name and Title: J B Hill, Ottenheimer Library Director

 

School or Organization Name: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

 

Co-Presenter Name(s):

 

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: North America (United States)

 

Language in Which You Will Present: English

 

Target Audience(s): Librarians, High School Teachers, University Faculty and Staff

 

Short Session Description (one line): This presentation discusses a grant-supported partnership between universities, public libraries and other community institutions to support community reading, inquiry and dialogue on cultural diversity and immigration in North America.

  

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

The United States, since its founding, is a nation whose identity and diverse culture has been shaped by ongoing immigration from other countries. While vital to the nation’s growth, immigration has often faced legal, cultural and political resistance. With the current political climate of polarized views on immigration and globalism, there is the opportunity for libraries to promote global awareness and a greater understanding of the dynamics of immigration and assimilation.

Libraries have a history of not only creating collections but also providing programming that offers communities the opportunities to examine a diverse range of issues. Through book clubs and discussions, film presentations, lectures, and other events, libraries create a safe space where ideas and opinions can be examined critically and participants can develop a greater understanding of complex issues.

This presentation discusses a grant-supported partnership between universities, public libraries and other community institutions to promote the examination of cultural diversity and immigration in North America. Through collaboration, the libraries fostered discussions among a diverse population, including students (both university and high school),  as well as adults in the community.  

This presentation also provides a participant’s insight into the NEA Big Read program, an ongoing  grant opportunity available to support community reading, inquiry and dialogue. Within the program there are numerous books that can provide a springboard to the examination of culture, religion, race, and ethnicity, and assist in the development of global awareness and competency.

 

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read

https://ualr.edu/library/2017/08/10/nea-big-read-2017/

https://www.neh.gov/project/becoming-american

https://ualr.edu/library/2018/04/10/becoming-american/

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