I had the pleasure of writing an introduction to a fabulous issue of On Second Thought, the magazine of the North Dakota Humanities Council. The issue has a mix of personal narratives and scholarly-yet-accessible pieces about New Americans. In North Dakota, we try to be cognizant of the fact that about 95% of us are […]
In the first half of the sermon, I shared the epic lives of three refugee families and asked all in attendance (and those reading) to consider the rewards and importance of establishing close relationships—friendships—with New American families. But I would like to say a little more about how I’ve been changed by my relationships over […]
A “sermon” delivered by Kevin Brooks to the Fargo-Moorhead Unitarian Universalist Congregation on June 12, 2016. [Part 1] I am a professor of English, and in my professional work I have discovered that there is a field called “refugee studies.” This field is dominated by sociologists, anthropologists, social psychologists, and economists. There is also the […]
Sudanese Refugees – Brian Sokol | Photographer. Amazing photos of refugees with their “most important things.”
Election season has become pretty distasteful for many Americans as the parties polarize and the big money brings the nasty, but today my 56 year old friend, Faizil, got to vote for the first time—and he was ecstatic. He called me Monday to make sure I would pick him up today. He and his wife […]
Heres what World Cup teams would look like if immigrants werent allowed to play | GlobalPost. The US, as expected, would barely have a team. Germany’s team, too, is full of immigrants, some of whom seem to be playing for the US.
World Refugee Day: A Global and Local Event. | Feature | High Plains Reader. I was surprised to learn that I wrote this 5 years ago.
Restaurants for Refugees | Local Flavor. Local Good.. Here’s an idea I’d love to see come to Fargo!
Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan-American author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed, is a fabulous story-teller. He knows the refugee experience intimately and calls it “The Most Urgent Story of Our Times.” http://stories.unhcr.org/supporters/khaled-hosseini June 20th is World Refugee Day, the annual time for trying to tell and share that story, […]
Faces of Fargo-Moorhead: Family Story on Vimeo on Vimeo I posted the news story that linked to this video last week, but in case anyone didn’t follow the link, now you can go straight to the video.