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International Book Club: This is How the Heart Beats, with Jacob Kushner (11/30/22)
November 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
There are 90 million displaced people in the world today—many of whom are refugees. The United States calls itself a nation of immigrants—but it isn’t, at least, not anymore. In fact, the U.S. takes in fewer refugees and asylum seekers than almost every other wealthy nation in earth.
In this month’s book club, international journalist Jacob Kushner (UW ’10 Journalism, LACIS) will discuss his and Jake Naughton (’10 African Studies, Journalism) book, This is How the Heart Beats, about Africa’s LGBT refugees and offer suggestions for introducing students to the global migration crisis, with a focus on America’s inaccurate reputation as a haven for refugees. Jacob will also discuss his reporting on stateless people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, which was supported by the Pulitzer Center. The first 30 K-12 educators to register will receive a copy of the book!
- In a World of Closed Borders, Deciding Who Deserves Asylum. Describes the difference between refugees and asylum seekers, and describes how immigration and refugee resettlement work.
- Love Thy Neighbor: American evangelicals’ antigay gospel forced him to flee Uganda. Then Christians in California offered him a home. A refugee’s story in words and pictures.
Jacob Kushner is an international correspondent who writes magazine and other longform stories from Africa, Germany, and the Caribbean.
He reports on migration and statelessness, science and global health, history and foreign aid, terrorism and violent extremism, climate change and wildlife.
His writing has appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Economist, National Geographic, VQR, The Atavist, WIRED, Foreign Policy, and VICE.
He is the author of China’s Congo Plan, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Review of Books. He has photographed for National Geographic and field-produced for VICE on HBO, and PBS NewsHour.