Lunch and Learn: From the Tropics to the Snowbelt Midwest

Thursday, March 25, 2010, Noon - 1:00 p.m., $15 - includes lunch
Presenter: Dr. Cawo Abdi, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Let's have a conversation about how the face of Minnesota is changing. This season's Lunch and Learn series will focus on immigration.

Immigration Minnesota will examine historic and recent trends, lived experiences, and the variety of contributions from immigrants who now call Minnesota home. Each lunch will have a unique focus, but all will contribute to a greater understanding of immigration to the state and a greater appreciation of ever changing communities.

Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the United States, with estimates ranging from 20,000 to 70,000. A question one often hears is how Somalis from the Horn of Africa ended up in Snowbelt cities in the Midwest. From the Tropics to the Snowbelt Midwest: Somalis in Minnesota will feature Dr. Cawo Abdi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Her presentation will demystify the political, historical and social processes that triggered Somali migration to different parts of the world. Minnesota Somalis will be the focus of this talk, though the discussion will also highlight Somali migrations to other parts of Africa and Europe.

Contact Thien Nguyen August at or 651-772-4254 for registration questions.

Contact Hunter Gordon at or 651-772-4263 for more program information.

Link to information can be found here.