Bates professor to speak about Somali refugees

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AUBURN — Patricia Buck, co-editor of a collection of memoirs relaying the stories of Somali refugees in Lewiston and the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, “They Were Very Beautiful. Such Things Are,” will visit the Auburn Public Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 20, to discuss the experiences of Somali refugees adjusting to lives outside their home country.

Buck, an associate professor of educational anthropology at Bates College, has been working with Somali refugees in Maine and Kenya since 2003. She is a consultant for educational programming for CARE Kenya, and is a co-founder of the Lewiston-based nonprofit organization, Matawi, which raises funds to provide young women of the Dadaab refuge camp with scholarships to attend college.

A central theme of Buck’s work, chronicled in a forthcoming book, explores ways to strengthen ties between refugee communities that are geographically isolated from each other. The program is free and will take place in the library’s Androscoggin Room. For more information, contact the library’s Reference Department at 333-6640, ext. 4.

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