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Immigration events March 2018

Date: 3/5/2018

Between March 14 and 26, Kankakee Community College will host a series of discussions and movie showings related to immigration and the experience of immigrants.

View a flier about the events.

“This past fall, the Humanities and Social Science Division chose the book ‘Girl in Translation’ as its ‘One Division One Read book,’” said Karen Becker, director of KCC’s Miner Memorial Library. “It was chosen in part because of its immigration theme. Given what is happening at the national level, immigration is a timely topic and a discussion that needs to happen.”

All events are free, and activities will be held on KCC’s Riverfront Campus, 100 College Drive in Kankakee. Directions are at The events are:

“Girl in Translation” book discussion - 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Lower Lever of the Miner Memorial Library at KCC.

Girl in Translation was selected as the Humanities and Social Sciences One Division One Read book.  It tells the story of a young Asian immigrant’s journey to the United States. The discussion will be led by students Marissa Berens, Vini Gandhi, and Veronica Kimble.

“Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard,” film and discussion - 1-3 p.m., Monday, March 19, KCC Auditorium.

The discussion will be led by Duane Johansen, outreach coordinator at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a National Resource Center through the Department of Education. Johansen’s interest in Asian studies began when he took classes sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. In 2015 he was one of 12 educators on a tour of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

“Persepolis” film and discussion - 12:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesday March 20, KCC Auditorium, Room L110.

“Persepolis” begins in 1970s Iran, with a young Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi and her idealistic family. The Statrapi family is happy when the hated Shah is defeated during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Marji then grows up as a witness of the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, which becomes a repressive tyranny on its own.

The discussion will be led by Trisha Dandurand, a KCC professor; and Dr. Sheldon Walcher, the associate dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

“In America” film and brief discussion - 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday March 22, KCC Auditorium, Room L110.

The film tells the story of an Irish couple, Johnny and Sarah Sullivan, who, following the tragic death of their 5-year-old son Frankie, immigrate illegally to the U.S. with little in their pockets. They bring their two surviving children to Manhattan and move into a run-down tenement. The memory of Frankie looms over the family, especially when Sarah discovers she is pregnant.

The discussion will be led by Karen Becker, director of KCC’s Miner Memorial Library.

“Immigration and the Immigrant Experience” panel discussion - 1-3 p.m., Monday, March 26, Lower Level of the KCC Miner Memorial Library.

Faculty panelists from the college’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division will be Dr. Deisy Anderson, Scott Kistler, Jessica Oladopo, Dr. Cari Stevenson and Penelope Stickney.

The events are being sponsored by KCC’s Miner Memorial Library and Division of Humanities & Social Sciences. For more information, contact Becker at or phone 815-802-8405.