On Wednesday, September 8, join the New Press, Sullivan High School, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights for a conversation on the new book Refugee High: Copming of Age in America.
Author Elly Fishman will be joined in conversation by Sullivan alum Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and current Sullivan High School students about their thoughts on Refugee High, being a refugee or immigrant student at Sullivan today, and how the school and neighborhood have evolved over time.
Members of ICIRR will also provide opportunities to TAKE ACTION on current immigrant and refugee issues. Books will be available for purchase via the Seminary Co-Op.
WHAT: REFUGEE HIGH: A Conversation at Sullivan High School
WHEN: Wednesday, September 8 at 6pm
WHERE: Sullivan High School, 6631 N Bosworth Ave, Chicago (Outdoor location on school grounds)
Physical distancing will be observed. Masks will be required. Updates will be provided in accordance with COVID-19 developments.
A note from author, Elly Fishman:
I will be discussing my new book "Refugee High: Coming of Age in America" at Sullivan High School on September 8 at 6 p.m. For the discussion, which is sponsored by the Illinois Council for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, I will be joined by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and students from Sullivan.
"Refugee High" chronicles one year inside Roger C. Sullivan High School in Chicago, where teenagers hail from 35 countries and speak over three dozen languages. In the book, I follow four students and their teachers to tell the stories of young people searching for their place in the world. These students are the new faces of America.
My publisher awarded "Refugee High" the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize and Publishers Weekly called it "an intimate and moving chronicle [and] a powerful portrait of resilience." The National Book Review also named it one of its Hot 5 Books of the Week.
The stories in "Refugee High" are so important to share, especially now that we face another humanitarian and refugee crisis in Afghanistan. I would love to discuss them—and more—with you on September 8.
Friends of Sullivan is pleased to hold a reception following the book event to honor Elly’s accomplishment:
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