Washtenaw Reads promotes reading and countywide dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. This year’s selection is Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonia Vargas, a candid memoir of a young man living in America as an undocumented citizen from 1993 to 2018. Dear America captures the moving story of one individual’s experiences growing up as an unintentional illegal immigrant, sprinkled throughout with the history and complexity of immigration in the United States. In addition to CDL’s events below, a complete listing of countywide events can be found at washtenawreads.org.
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Civics 101: Immigration Basics Thursday, Jan. 9 | 7–8pm McKune Room | Register here. There are a lot of confusing reports on immigration in the news. Join us as Melanie Jones, Staff Attorney from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center shares information about immigration eligibility, refugee status, and what it means to seek asylum. She will also provide an overview of the role and jurisdiction of ICE, the different types of immigrant status, and information on what it is like to go through this process.
Busy People Book Club Washtenaw Reads Discussion
Tuesday, Jan. 21 | McKune Room
Checkout a book from the 2nd floor display, then drop in for respectful discussion with community members.
Essential Arrival: Michigan’s Indian Immigrants in the 21st Century
Thursday, Feb. 20 | 6:30-8pm
McKune Room | Register here.
Learn about the immigration experience from the perspective of Indian people who became citizens of the United States in the 21st century, and the amazing diversity and opportunities that immigration brings to our country. This screening will include a Q & A with the film's co-producer, Dr. Arifa Javed.