World Refugee Day is Tuesday, June 20. Established by the United Nations, the day honors refugees from around the world. The Library will be hosting the following programs:
Screenings of The Flagmakers, in partnership with Neighbor to Neighbor and the United Religious Community
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 20, Leighton Auditorium, Community Learning Center
From National Geographic Documentary Films, The Flagmakers poses one of today’s most pressing questions: who is the American flag for? Employee-owned Eder Flag in Oak Creek, Wisconsin sews and ships five million American flags a year. The flagmakers—locals, immigrants and refugees—stitch stars and stripes as they wrestle with identity and belonging. The film is an intimate glimpse into the people whose hands make America’s most recognizable icon. Screenings begin at 9 a.m. and at the top of every hour until 3 p.m. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
We Are All Refugees, in partnership with Neighbor to Neighbor and the United Religious Community
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., June 20, Leighton Auditorium, Community Learning Center
Pastor Ndunge A. Sefu from Kikwit, a town in southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, will speak about his experiences with refugees and the positive role that refugees play in their host societies. Ndunge is pursuing a master’s degree in theology and peace studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economic science, and held management roles in Cape Town, South Africa including customer service manager at Shell Global Customer Service and Amazon.
Screening of The Swimmers, in partnership with Neighbor to Neighbor and the United Religious Community
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., June 28, Leighton Auditorium, Community Learning Center
Directed by Sally El Hosaini, “The Swimmers” follows the journey of two young sisters who embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use. The film will be followed by discussion.
Pastor Ndunge A. Sefu