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    Name: Discussion series tackles immigration issues in southern America
    Date: January 16, 2019
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
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    115 Derby Street Salem, MA 01970 978-744-0991 www.7gables.org News Release December 30, 2018 For more information, please contact: Julie Arrison-Bishop jarrison@7gables.org 978-744-0991, ext. 152 Becoming American: film and discussion series ‘Promise and Prejudice’ the next Community Conversations topic on immigration issues at The House of the Seven Gables Jan. 16 SALEM — On Wednesday, January 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables presents the second in a timely and thought-provoking series of six Community Conversations on current immigration issues against the backdrop of America’s immigration history. The evening begins with the screening of a Kim M. Snyder documentary, “Welcome to Shelbyville,” set in a small Tennessee town in the heart of America's Bible Belt. The residents of Shelbyville, both white and African American, must struggle with how to best integrate with a growing Latino and Muslim population. The local Tyson’s corporation brings hundreds of Somali refugees of Muslim faith to work in its chicken processing plant, a challenge for a mostly Christian community. Scholar Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Ph.D., will lead a discussion at the conclusion of the screening. The evening’s presentation is open to the public and it is free of charge. The Gables is one of 32 sites around the country to present this six-part series that was conceived and organized by City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience. The series is funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Both Salem State University and the North Shore Community Development Coalition have partnered with The Gables to help make this series possible. “The idea behind the series is to provide opportunities for a wide range of people to come together to understand the dynamic and complicated histories of people,” says Dr. Duclos-Orsello. “We want to have structured, civic and civil dialogues using the documentary films as a springboard.” Duclos-Orsello is a scholar of American and New England Studies with an expertise in immigration and ethnic history, social history, community K-12 outreach and museum education. She is professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and she is coordinator of American Studies at Salem State University. She has facilitated scores of conversations where sensitivity and civility determine the baseline for safe and productive dialogues. To register for one or more of the Becoming American Community Conversations at The Gables, visit www.7gables.org/events, email erincon@7gables.org or call 978-306-7001. The ‘Becoming American’ Community Conversation schedule is as follows: January 16 — Promise and Prejudice Film: “Welcome to Shelbyville” February 6 — Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation Film: “The New Americans — The Nigerians” March 6 — Help Wanted? Immigration and Work Film: Destination America, “The Golden Door” April 3 — Family and Community Film: “My American Girls” May 1 — Immigration and Popular Culture Film: “The Search for General Tso” About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association and its dual mission The mission of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve The Gables’ National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org. In 2018, The House of the Seven Gables celebrates a singular milestone. Built 350 years ago, it is still a place where stories are made. Ever the provider of shelter and support, The House of the Seven Gables inspires us as it once inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne. Where sea captains once found their footing, immigrants become citizens, visitors explore period rooms, historians pore over archives, children frolic in the gardens, and authors find inspiration. Celebrate this milestone with us and make your own stories at The House of the Seven Gables. Caption: Hundreds of Muslims come to work in a chicken plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee, causing the mostly Christian residents to find ways to successfully integrate. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1911935142187829/ Facebook: https://www.7gables.org/event-calendar/
    Location:
    The House of the Seven Gables 115 Derby St. Salem MA 01970
    Date/Time Information:
    Wednesday January 16 6 to 8 p.m.
    Contact Information:
    Julie Arrison-Bishop 978-744-0991
    Fees/Admission:
    Free of charge
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