Quarterly Learning Luncheon


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 […]

Quarterly Learning Luncheon with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky


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.

Reading Refuge Book Club – Roya Hakakian


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 […]

Quarterly Learning Luncheon with Marianne Gimon


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 […]

Reading Refuge Book Club – A Disappearance in Damascus


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 […]

Quarterly Learning Luncheon with Congressman Brad Schneider


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 […]

Book Club – After the Last Border


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’ […]

2020 Annual Event – RESCHEDULED!


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!

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


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 […]

Quarterly “Luncheon” Meeting: Immigration and Refugee Policy


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 […]


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