Guest blog post by Vija
Living in any large city in the United States, you can’t help but be surrounded by news related to immigration and the complex issues that define it. Living in the heart of Texas, the matter is especially close to home. Conflicting views about refugees and asylum fill the airwaves, and it can be challenging to participate in the conversation when the tone is heated and often partisan in nature. As always, the Austin Public Library can help by serving as a valuable source of information to deepen your understanding, regardless of your background or beliefs. Below we share a few ways you can engage with the topic here at Austin Public Library.
- Visit the current art exhibit at the New Central Library now through August 5th.
This exhibit, “Refugee is Not My Name”, brings the stories of refugees in Austin to life. It “focuses on the humanity behind the headlines”, sharing their diverse voices through a variety of media.
- Attend the upcoming “Controversy & Conversation” event at the Terrazas Branch on July 5th.
Offered in partnership with the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, this gathering of the “Difficult Dialogues” program promotes civil discourse in the community through a film screening and related discussion.
- Read one of the three books selected for the 2018 Mayor’s Book Club.
These books highlight “the perilous journey of refugees”, building empathy by bringing the reader along on the voyage.
- Explore selections from Austin Public Library’s collection of fiction and non-fiction books and media that focus on the refugee experience. Choose a story that will give you the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes and think about what “family” means, what “home” means, and how you might react when those people and places most important to you are threatened.