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May 2021

Global Partitions Series for K-12 Educators: Historical and Colonial Contexts and Southern Africa

May 18, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Click here to register. Join us for the final lecture in The Global Partitions Series for K-12 educators titled Global Partitions: Self-determination in Southern Africa -- The contending forces of division and unification from the colonial…

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June 2021

IRIS Global Children’s Literature Book Fair: Award-Winning and Outstanding Global Children’s Literature

June 2, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration is open for the IRIS Global Children's Literature Book Fair: Award-Winning and Outstanding Global Children's Literature   Join us online to learn more about award-winning and outstanding global and Indigenous children's literature. The fair will…

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September 2021

Using Literature to Explore SDG 4: Quality Education

September 29, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Register here Join us for our online September Book Club event with Dr Elisheva Cohen who will present on using literature to explore SDG 4: Quality Education. Dr. Elisheva Cohen is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Issues…

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October 2021

Go Big Read Book Discussion: Transcendent Kingdom

October 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Register Join us for a Book Club event online to discuss the UW-Madison Go Big Read book selection: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. "Gifty is a PhD candidate in neuroscience studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the…

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November 2021

Arab Fairy Tale Feasts: A Delicious Way to Explore Arab Culture, with author Karim Alrawi

November 8, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Register We are excited to virtually host the renowned author, playwright, and educator Karim Alrawi on November 8th, and to celebrate the publication of his new children's book: Arab Fairy Tale Feasts, A Literary Cookbook.…

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Social Justice: Writing For, Writing Back

November 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Register Here What does social justice and diversity mean to young people? How can we build spaces of learning that inspire educators and young people to orient their lives and purpose towards achieving social justice?…

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February 2022

IRIS International Book Club: The Hmong Experience in Wisconsin

February 16, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Register Now Join us for our online February Book Club event with Pao Lor, author of Modern Jungles. Pao will share his experience as a Hmong refugee arriving in Wisconsin, the history of Hmong people…

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November 2022

International Book Club: The Belly of the Atlantic with Vlad Dima

November 2, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Register Here IRIS NRC International Book Club, first in our 3 part series on the Soccer World Cup Join us for our November Book Club with Vlad Dima, Professor and Chair of African Cultural Studies…

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South Asia Book Award Author Talk & Book Signing

November 12, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Madison Library- Central Branch, 201 West Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Register Here Winners of the 2022 South Asia Book Award will be on hand to discuss the creation of their stories, read excerpts, and sign copies of their award-winning books! Join us at the Madison…

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International Book Club: This is How the Heart Beats, with Jacob Kushner (11/30/22)

November 30, 2022 @ 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!

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