Baltimore-area cultural events to discuss, support immigration and refugees

Here's a (continually updating) list of upcoming cultural events that deal with immigration and refugees.

After "A Day Without Immigrants" demonstrations to protest President Donald Trump's stance on immigration on Thursday, Baltimore's arts community is planning to keep the issue in the forefront. 

Events are cropping up in the coming months that aim to spark dialogue and generate support for immigrants and refugees. Trump has issued executive orders to ban people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S., increase deportation of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, and build a border wall with Mexico. 

Below is a list of events and initiatives within the Baltimore area, which will continue to be updated. To include your event, please send details to bbritto@baltsun.com. 

  • Live and Learn: The Immigrant Experience: Strong City Baltimore’s Adult Learning Center and the Stoop Storytelling Series host a night of real-life narratives and stories about the immigrant experience. The event will also feature a “Taste the World” sampling of food and beverages from several countries before the show, and chocolate and coffee tasting after the show. 7 p.m. Friday (doors open at 6 p.m.). University of Baltimore Student Center, 5th Floor Wright Theater, 21 W. Mount Royal Avenue. $30. For more information and advanced tickets, click here
  • The Ivy Bookshop and the Church of the Redeemer team up to host fundraising event and book signing with British-Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. Hamid will discuss his latest book, “Exit West,” which talks about two lovers struggling to survive as their country explodes into a civil war. Book sales will benefit the Baltimore location of the International Rescue Committee, which helps rescue and resettle families at risk. 7 p.m. March 11. The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles St. Free. theivybookshop.com.
  • Syrian-American journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek will discuss her book “The Home That Was Our Country,” an account of her return to her family’s home in Damascus during the Arab Spring’s beginnings in 2011. 7:30 p.m. March 15. Bird in Hand, 11 East 33rd St. Free. theivybookshop.com.
  • Racial justice activist Deepa Iyer will discuss her book “We Too Sing America,” which catalogs some of the most brutal attacks against South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh people. She questions whether hate crimes should be considered domestic terrorism, and touches on police profiling and racism in everyday institutions and systems. 6:30 p.m. April 18. Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 415 Park Ave. Free. prattlibrary.org.

*This article will be updated.

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