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February 24, 2021

Book Club – After the Last Border

February 24, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Dr. Jessica Goudeau at our first book club meeting on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Dr. Goudeau will lead our discussion about her book, After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice book. Dr. Goudeau has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, among many other places, and is…

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March 22, 2021

Quarterly Learning Luncheon with Congressman Brad Schneider

March 22, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Congressman Brad Schneider at our Learning Luncheon on Monday, March 22nd at 12:00 p.m. CST in a discussion of proposed reforms of U.S. Immigration Policy 2021 and beyond. Registration is required (see below). Congressman Schneider (D) is a fourth-term representative for the 10th District of Illinois. He has made international affairs a staple of his policies, specifically immigration rights, as evidenced by his membership in the Congressional Refugee Caucus. Together with other…

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April 28, 2021

Reading Refuge Book Club – A Disappearance in Damascus

April 28, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Deborah Campbell and Ahlam Mahmood at our second ‘Reading Refuge’ Book Club meeting on Wednesday, April 28 from 7 to 8 pm CST. Deborah and Ahlam will lead our discussion about “A Disappearance in Damascus.” A Disappearance in Damascus won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and the Hubert Evans Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Screen rights have been optioned by filmmaker Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, In the Name…

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May 17, 2021

Quarterly Learning Luncheon with Marianne Gimon

May 17, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Refugee Girls: Creating a Safe Place to Grow and Learn Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Marianne Gimon, Board Member, The Flora Family Foundation, at our Learning Luncheon, Monday, May 17, 12:00 pm. CT in a discussion of the refugee crisis and the vulnerability of adolescent refugee girls. Joining her in the discussion will be BPB Co-Founder Ahlam Mahmood. Registration is required (see below). Marianne Gimon is a humanitarian and independent consultant. She is Board Member of Refugees…

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August 25, 2021

Reading Refuge Book Club – Roya Hakakian

August 25, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Roya Hakakian at our next Reading Refuge Book Club, Wednesday, August 25th at 7:00 pm to discuss her latest book, A Beginners Guide to America:  For the Immigrant and the Curious. Roya, a former refugee from Iran, is also the author of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace and Journey from the Land of No, and has published two collections of poetry in Persian. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR's All…

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September 8, 2021

Quarterly Learning Luncheon with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

September 8, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Jan SchakowskyBuilding Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky at our Learning Luncheon on Wednesday, September 8th at 12:00 p.m. CST in a discussion about critical issues affecting refugees. Registration is required (see below). BPB hosts educational luncheons listening to refugee stories and “knowledge experts” speak on immigration and refugee programs.

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November 15, 2021

Quarterly Learning Luncheon

November 15, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Language is the key, opening the door to success for new immigrants.Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is delighted to host Evanston Township High School’s (ETHS) World Languages and Bilingual Department Chair, Rachel D’Onofrio, and ESL Teacher, Katie Kelly, to speak about the Bilingual Education Program at ETHS. This Virtual Quarterly Luncheon will be held on Monday November 15th, at 12:00 PM. BPB is combining its Learning Luncheon and Reading Refuge Book Club this 4th Quarter. Our books in 2021 have been…

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December 2, 2021

2021 Annual Event

December 2, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST

Register for the Annual Benefit (You will be sent a Zoom link prior to the event) Call to Action Support five newly arrived Afghan families. Affordable Housing Fund var fundraising_thermometer_804 = {"layout":"1","fill-color":"rgba(17, 174, 166, 1)","goal-amount":"20000","progress-amount":"6000","show-goal-amount":"1","show-progress-percentage":"1","show-progress-amount":"1","animate-progress-fill":"1"};

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February 28, 2022

Quarterly Learning Luncheon

February 28, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Housing Challenges for Afghan Newcomers.Join us for a panel discussion on the housing issues that face the new influx of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and evacuees from Afghanistan. As hundreds of new Afghan evacuees are welcomed to the Chicagoland area, housing has emerged as the most difficult part of the resettlement process. Added to the fact that there is already an affordable housing crisis in our country, evacuees come in with very limited means and no credit history here.…

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March 30, 2022

Reading Refuge Book Club – Bela Suhayda

March 30, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Bela Suhayda at our next Reading Refuge Book Club, Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 pm to discuss his book, From Tyranny to Liberty, A Personal Story. Bela authored From Tyranny to Liberty, a harrowing story of his family's escape from their Hungarian homeland after the Communist Russia invasion of 1956. Bela walks us through their journey from Hungary to resettlement in America as a Refugee. We can see with the Ukrainian crisis how…

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