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The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon

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Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this context, how might we build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities?

In this free community converstation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration.  Join us for this discussion hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon's Young Leaders in Action and sponsored by Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project.

Manuel Padilla has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University and an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace. He has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants, and refugees. Currently he implements reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service, works with youth through restorative justice frameworks, and volunteers with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Circles of Support and Accountability program.

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