- When: Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. - Noon
- Where: O'Leary Library 140, UMass Lowell (61 Wilder Street)
This workshop - led by IHRC Program Coordinator Saengmany Ratsabout - will introduce new tools for engaging immigrant and refugee individuals and communities.
Participants will learn about the IHRC’s Immigrant Stories digital storytelling and archiving project. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Immigrant Stories helps recent immigrants and refugees create digital stories: brief videos with images, text, and audio about a personal experience. The IHRC shares and preserves these digital stories for future generations through the IHRC Archives, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the Digital Public Library of America. There are more than 250 digital stories in the Immigrant Stories Collection. Students, educators, and community members can use the just-launched story-making website: immigrantstories.umn.edu and related curricula to make and share their own stories. Teachers can also access new “Learning about Immigration” classroom curriculum that uses the IHRC’s Immigrant Stories to engage students (grades 8-Adult) in defining immigration, understanding the U.S. immigration system, exploring the experiences of refugees, and examining how immigrants and their children navigate culture and identity.
Founded in 1965, the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center is the oldest and best-known research center devoted to understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America in both the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives (University Libraries), it is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America. We promote interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world through monthly seminars and research grants. We connect US immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through our Immigrant Stories project. We advance public dialogue about immigration with timely programs that draw audiences from around the corner and around the world. We support teaching and learning at all levels, and develop archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.
Saengmany Ratsabout is Program Coordinator at the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. He holds an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and a Master of Liberal Studies. Saengmany has over 16 years of experience working with immigrant and refugee communities.
The workshop is FREE but space is limited so please: