If you love discovering a new book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing literature written by authors whose stories reflect the extraordinary ethnic diversity of the United States. Sometimes lost among the debates on immigration, which can focus on statistics and laws, is the personal story of each immigrant making his or her way in a new and strange environment.
In many ways, fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, in spirited lectures and informal discussions about four compelling books. Participants should read each book prior to the corresponding class. Sherry and cookies are available for refreshment.
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengetsu (2007)
Fleeing Ethiopia’s revolution, a young man lands in Washington, D.C., and reflects on his own sense of identity while navigating neighborhood gentrification.
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S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)