Conflict

Originally posted on African Soul, American Heart:
Conflict has riveted our attention, commanded our news outlets, thrust its way into our conversations, confused and divided us on an international, national, local, and personal level. It’s front and center, and we can’t seem to look away or to come together to find solutions. That isn’t to…

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 […]