Resettlement of refugees in the Red River Valley is nothing new. Learn about the long history of resettlement in the area; where have people come from, how has resettlement changed in the last 70 years? There are many myths and theories surrounding resettlement. You will have an opportunity to clear up the misconceptions and misunderstandings of this very complicated humanitarian program.
Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. for this installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.
Kavitha Gundala is part of the Indian American Association of Great Plains (IAAGP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and promote awareness of the cultures of India.
Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. for this installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.
Irma Ciber was a young girl in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War when a house fire burned her, her mother and her little sister. They were evacuated to Italy where her mother died, leaving 9 year old Irma to care for her 4 year old sister while her father fought on the battlefield and other family were held in concentration camps. In 1996, the family reunited in Fargo-Moorhead. Irma will tell us her story, why Bosnians had to leave their homeland in the 1990s, and why many of them chose to move to our community
Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. for this installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.
Thomas D. (Tom) Isern is Professor of History at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. Born and raised on a wheat farm in western Kansas, he has lived all his life on the plains of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota (except when abroad, studying the grasslands of New Zealand and Australia).
Isern’s academic specialty is the history and folklore of the Great Plains of North America, his research and teaching comprising both the American plains and the Canadian prairies. He is the author or co-author of six books, including, most recently, Dakota Circle: Excursions on the True Plains, published by the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies. His particular interest is the story of farming, ranching, and rural life on the plains. He explores this interest in frequent lectures and concerts for public and professional audiences throughout the region. He also writes about it (co-authorship with Jim Hoy) in the weekly (since 1983) newspaper column, Plains Folk, also heard weekly on the statewide public radio service of Prairie Public.
In 1991, as a Fulbright Scholar, Isern investigated the agricultural history of the tussock grasslands of New Zealand; in 1996 he returned for further work in New Zealand under a Programme Development Grant from the NZ-US Educational Foundation; and he returns there frequently to continue a line of research in agricultural and environmental history.
Isern is the founding director of NDSU’s Center for Heritage Renewal, an applied research and service center devoted to historic preservation and heritage tourism on the northern plains.
At NDSU Isern has received the Peltier Award for Innovative Teaching and been named both the Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor as well as the Dale Hogoboom Presidential Professor. In 2007 President Chapman conferred on Isern the title of University Distinguished Professor, one of the first seven such appointments campus-wide.
To a degree unusual among academic historians, Isern is committed to communication and engagement with the regional public. He devotes his research to regional issues; teaches resident and extramural courses dealing with regional history and folklore; serves as an officer and volunteer for state and local organizations; and most of all, speaks and writes for the general public, not only for the academic community. These things flow from his personal affection for the land and people of the North American plains and from his professional devotion to the quality of regional life.
Professor Isern will join Micheal Miller, Director and Bibliographer of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, for a a presentation on Early Immigrants to North Dakota. They will discuss the experiences of early immigrants to our region on Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Ezzat Haider is a Kurdish Iraqi immigrant of the Yazidi religion who came to Moorhead in 2014. He will discuss why Kurdish and other Iraqi people had to leave their homeland and why Moorhead has become a center of Kurdish families. He will discuss how Kurdish Americans continue to raise awareness about the effects of ISIS on the Yazidi people.
Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. for this installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.
Michael Miller is the Director and Bibliographer of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection as well as a member of the faculty and staff at the North Dakota State University Libraries since 1967.
Miller’s higher education degrees are Bachelor of Science, (English, Journalism, Library Science) Valley City State University, Valley City, ND; Master of Science and Master of Education, (Library/ Media Education, Secondary Education) University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Miller attended elementary and secondary schools in Strasburg, in south central North Dakota.
At the Valley City State University homecoming events in October 2002, Miller received the Award of Merit from the Alumni Association. In April 2003, Miller donated to the Allen Memorial Library, Valley City State University, a special collection of learning resources about the Germans from Russia including books, maps, and videotapes. In 1990, the Mountain Plains Library Association presented Miller with the Distinguished Service Award
Miller will join Thomas Isern, Distinguished Professor of History, for a a presentation on Early Immigrants to North Dakota. They will discuss the experiences of early immigrants to our region on Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Marian Kadrie is the daughter of Syrian immigrants who homesteaded North Dakota in the early 1900s. She will talk about why her father chose not to raise a family in Syria and her life on the farm.
Join us at the Moorhead Public Library Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. for this first installment of the Pangaea Series, a collaboration of community voices telling their stories relating to immigration to this area.
In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, West Fargo Public Library, Concordia College Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead Library, and North Dakota State University Libraries are pleased to announce the 2016One Book, One Community selection “The Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang.
A firsthand account of the immigrant experience from the Hmong perspective, this book chronicles the journey of the author’s family from a refugee camp in Thailand to America. This book addresses the universal themes of family and love while sharing the family’s struggle to adapt in a strange culture while holding onto traditions that are passed down from Yang’s beloved grandmother.
This year’s One Book, One Community reading project launches in September and features several events including a community book discussion centered on immigration, film screenings, a genealogy workshop, and other engaging events and programs. This year’s One Book, One Community project will finish with two author events set for Friday, Oct. 14. First, Ms. Yang will speak at an invitation only, informal “Tea with the Author” event at the Moorhead Public Library in the afternoon. Later that evening, she will take the stage for an author presentation and book signing at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom (1104 7th. Ave. South) on the campus of MSUM. This event is free and open to the public.
Copies of the novel are available for check out in several formats (print and ebook) at each of the participating libraries; book club kits are also available.
The Latehomecomer is also available as a downloadable ebook through Ebooks Minnesota, in which readers within Minnesota’s borders can access a collection of ebooks without waiting lists or holds. No username or password is required and the collection is accessible at EbooksMN.org.
For a complete list of related events and resources, visit any participating library, or go to www.1book1community.org.
2016 marks the 5th year that the One Book, One Community reading project has been offered in our area. The Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo One Book, One Community reading project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book, and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation and a range of related events and activities for residents of all ages.
All One Book, One Community events are free and open to the public. This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the Moorhead Library, and Moorhead Community Education.