– James Baldwin
TITLES, TOPICS and AUTHORS? As an education center, our work integrates a wide variety of subject areas – but we are always true to our mission “to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.” Each title selected will present one more aspect of our shared journey in human rights.
WHEN? One featured book / author each quarter, the day and time of the live stream will be posted on the Center’s Facebook page and emailed to all Center supporters. Don’t worry if you miss the live stream, the Conversation will be recorded and you’ll still be able to access it at another time.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11 AM MDT – 12 PM MDT – Alan Gratz, author of REFUGEE
Registration and Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81466362372
Three different kids.
One mission in common: ESCAPE.
Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…
Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…
Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…
All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.
“With urgent, clear-eyed storytelling, Gratz’s Refugee compellingly explores the desperation and strength that unites those struggling for a place to call home.”
—Eliot Schrefer, two-time National Book Award finalist
PAST-Friday, March 26, 2021 – Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Café
“Survivor Café…feels like the book Rosner was born to write. Each page is imbued with urgency, with sincerity, with heartache, with heart…. Her words, alongside the words of other survivors of atrocity and their descendants across the globe, can help us build a more humane world.” —San Francisco Chronicle
As firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century’s most monumental events—the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Killing Fields—begin to pass away, Survivor Café addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten?