New Mainers Series: “400 Years of Immigration in Maine” by Reza Jalali
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Camden Public Library will be partnering with Connecting Across Communities: an immigrant support network to present a new series of programs that will explore topics related to the immigrant experience in Maine. The first online talk will be with Reza Jalali, executive director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. Jalali’s presentation will describe the history of immigration in Maine, with a focus on the changing face of Maine due to the arrival of recent immigrants.
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Noted writer, educator, immigrant advocate, and former refugee from Iran, Reza Jalali is a longtime Maine resident. He was recently appointed Executive Director of the Greater Portland Immigration Welcome Center, which is a nonprofit organization that serves as a hub for organizations and individuals to collaborate in helping Maine’s thriving immigrant community fully realize its civic, economic, and social potential. Mr. Jalali’s advocacy experience includes leading delegations to refugee camps in Turkey and Bosnia as well as participating in a 1992 national delegation to the White House to discuss the plight of Kurdish refugees fleeing Iraq. Mr. Jalali’s presentation will describe the history of immigration in Maine, with a focus on the changing face of Maine due to the arrival of recent immigrants.
Keep an eye out for Jalali’s new book, Dear Maine, which he has co-authored with Morgan Rielly. It tells the stories of twenty New Mainers. The book will be available in September 2021. CLICK HERE for more information about the book.