From Somalia to Minnesota: Hopes and Challenges

From Somalia to Minnesota:

Hopes and Challenges

For the past 25 years, Somalis have fled from their country in search of safety and stability. Today’s largest population of Somalis outside of Mogadishu is centered in Minnesota.

Darrow Anderson and Hanna Valento, Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellows in Human Rights and Law at World Without Genocide, will discuss the role that climate change has played in Somalia’s political turmoil.

Ahmed Yusuf, author of the History Theatre’s play, A Crack in the Sky, will share his personal immigration experience and will describe Minnesota Somalis’ socioeconomic life, religious and cultural practices, and the current challenge of ‘Islamophobia.’

Mariam Mohamed, Somali community leader, will talk about issues facing Minnesota Somalis in health, education, and employment.

Participants will attend the History Theatre’s performance of A Crack in the Sky, a play about a young man’s journey from Somalia to Minnesota in 1984.

The program will be held on Saturday, February 24, 5:00-9:30 pm, History Theatre, 30 10th Street East, St. Paul, and it is open to the public. Reservations are required by February 16 at $40 for general public, $30 for Mitchell Hamline students, and $55 for lawyers, which includes 2 standard CLE credits; the fee includes the talk, a light dinner, and the performance.

Co-sponsored by the History Theatre and Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

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