New Virginians: The Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Virginia
Presented by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities in conjunction with the Library’s annual Anne and Ryland Brown Teachers Institute, Virginia Humanities’ David Bearinger, director of Grants and Community Programs, moderates this conversation on the refugee and immigrant experience in Virginia in the past 30 years.
The panel includes three Virginians who immigrated to the commonwealth and now work with resettlement and newcomer services: Seyoum Berhe (Ethiopia), Virginia’s state refugee coordinator with the Office of Newcomer Services; Karla Almendarez-Ramos (Honduras), manager of the City of Richmond’s Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Kika Husejnovic (Bosnia), pre-arrival coordinator with Church World Service’s Richmond Immigration and Refugee Program.
They are among the more than 30 immigrants interviewed for the upcoming exhibition “New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond,” a partnership between the Library and Virginia Humanities with support from American Evolution. New Virginians opens at the Library on December 10, 2018.
This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available under the building.