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June 20, 2020

World Refugee Day 2020

June 20, 2020
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World Refugee Day Chicago honors the lives of refugees in our communities by giving a platform for their stories and raising awareness for the 70+ million refugees worldwide. Since 2005, Chicago has commemorated World Refugee Day by organizing events that honor the lives of refugees, give a voice to their stories, and raise awareness of the millions of refugees in the world who have been forced to flee their homes. These events have included workshops, conferences, lunches, street parades, downtown…

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September 21, 2020

Quarterly “Luncheon” Meeting: Immigration and Refugee Policy

September 21, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Topic: Immigration and Refugee Policy   Guest speaker, Galya Ben-Arieh, J.D. ,Ph.D., is a professor in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University and an international expert in refugee and forced migration studies. She has worked for over 20 years bringing her expertise as an academic and lawyer to broaden our understandings of the rights and processes of refugee protection and the role of law in settlement and inclusion in host societies. In 2018 she founded COMPASS – Community Partnerships…

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December 7, 2020

Quarterly Luncheon Meeting: “Day One” with Director Lori Miller

December 7, 2020, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Building Peaceful Bridges (BPB) is excited to welcome Lori Miller at our December 7th Virtual Quarterly Luncheon, (Noon CST). Lori will speak about Day One, a documentary that she produced and directed. Day One follows a group of teenage refugees from war-torn countries who are enrolled at Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a unique public school for refugees and immigrants in St. Louis, MO. Joining her in this luncheon discussion, will be Donnie Harris, former Principal, and Kelly Moore, Director,…

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2020 Annual Event – RESCHEDULED!

December 17, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for our 2020 Annual Educational Event!  Learn about our programs and people How we mentor and support refugee families How we educate Americans on refugee stories Get to know the BPB team! The event is free to join. Registration is required. Donate or Register now!

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February 24, 2021

Book Club – After the Last Border

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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