"Somali Diaspora" Publication Reception & Exhibit

The work of Abdi Roble and Doug Rutledge in documenting Somali migration and life has inspired a year-long series of events, starting with a reception 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, celebrating their new book, The Somali Diaspora: A Journey Away.

The reception is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium.

Through photographs and essays, The Somali Diaspora traces the journey of a family from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya to their new lives in the United States. The work takes readers from civil war in Africa to the culture shock of arriving in the United States, growing roots in the Somali community, learning English, finding work, and – in a remarkably short time – participating fully in American life.

The reception also welcomes the public to the new exhibition “As I See It: Images from the Lives of Twin Cities Youth,â€? on display October 14-December 9 in the Andersen Library Gallery. The exhibit brings together documentary work from students at the Ubah Medical Academy, the Sheridan Neighborhood youth group Sheridan Shooting Stars, and video projects coordinated by the Minnesota Historical Society. During November and December, additional project work will be displayed on the second and third floors of Andersen Library.

Abdi Roble and Doug Rutledge will be giving the presentation "Somali Refugees in Europe" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Room 125 of the Nolte Center for Continuing Education.

The Weisman Art Museum in partnership with Arts Midwest will bring to Minneapolis in summer 2009 the highly-anticipated exhibition Stories of the Somali Diaspora: Photographs by Abdi Roble. It will be on display June 20-September 13, 2009. Additional events during the coming year will include educator training programs, a public performance of poetry by local youth, and highlighting community businesses and organizations.