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Immigration: One Word, a Thousand Meanings
May 14, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Maryam Durani, civil society activist, women’s rights advocate, International Woman of Courage Award Recipient 2012.
Currently, Maryum Durani is helping the 400 Afghan refugees who arrived in Wisconsin in January, 2022. Every immigrant is an individual. Maryam helps them adapt. They come to a new country without the support of friends, or extended family social circles which they had become accustomed to in their life, their culture. Once here, they need to learn English, find employment, housing and schools, how to access health and social services. It’s an endless and breathless list of steps in starting over. Cultural differences combine to deepen the learning curve as a new resident. These include gender attitudes, religious diversity, ethnicity and traditions. Maryam advocates for these refugees and facilitates their integration into American life. Host: Barbara Collignon
In-Person or Online at 10:00!
In-Person: In Max Otto Hall.
Online: Watch the livestream at 10:00 or a later time at our YouTube channel You will not be able to ask questions.
For over 50 years, the Sunday Forum lecture series has showcased provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education, and more. The Sunday Forum is held at 10:00 a.m. September through May. Speakers give a 45-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. The content of Forum lectures does not necessarily express the viewpoint of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, but are meant to offer thoughtful topics which our members often pursue further on their own.