New Americans, a long view and the labels.

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 […]

Waking up to White Responsibility

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 […]

Up Close and Personal with Refugee Resettlement.

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 […]

The Most Urgent Story of Our Times

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, […]