Helen ThorpeName: Helen ThorpeDate: April 3, 2019Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDTEvent Description:Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati invites the community to hear
Acclaimed author of The Newcomers: Helen Thorpe
At our 26th National Speaker Forum and Fundraiser
“Searching for Refuge, Friendship, and Hope:
Perspectives on Immigration — What Does it Mean to ‘Be American’ Today?”
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Helen Thorpe will explore what it means to “be American” as she presents her perspectives on the issues of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage. In a country riven by these issues, her talk is both timely and relevant. And with a growing number of immigrants and refugees making their home in Greater Cincinnati, her presentation will be of strong interest to our community.
Ms. Thorpe speaks from her experience with on-site research and writing, as well as observation of the impact of large scale immigration on the life and culture of Denver and Colorado, where she lives. She has authored two acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction that document in a human and intimate way the lives of young immigrants and refugees in Denver.
Just Like us (2011) is the heartbreaking story about four girls from Mexico, two who gained citizenship and two who cannot.
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom (2017) follows the lives of 22 teenage refugees from Latin America and around the world during their first school year in a welcoming ESL class in a Denver high school, with their back stories and continuing challenges. Collectively, their class represents a microcosm of the global refugee crisis. As a NewYork Times reviewer wrote, “Thorpe’s book is a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment.”
The Woman’s City Club is a leading civic organization that promotes justice, civic reform, and citizen engagement through education, advocacy, and service. More information at womanscityclub.org.
Tickets: Lecture only - $40
Lecture and reception - $140
Underwriter - $280+
Cosponsors to date:
Center for Closing the Health Gap
Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus
Community Action Agency
Cincinnati Museum Center and
Foreign Policy Leadership Council
Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Friends of Women's, Gender and
Sexuality Studies at U.C.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
League of Women Voters of Greater Cinti
Mission Council of St. John’s UU Church
Nick Hausmann, Financial Advisor
Planned Parenthood SW Ohio
Southwestern Ohio Education Association
Zonta Club of Cincinnati