Live at Willamette University

Graphics: Susan Blettel

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

In the spirit of Global Diversity Awareness Month, The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with the Conversation Project at Willamette University, is honored to bring our acclaimed storytelling event, The Immigrant Story Live, to Salem, Oregon.

We invite you to hear four compelling first-person tales of courage, fortitude, and resilience in the face of daunting challenges. Our storytellers from Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Indonesia share their stories about the social and political difficulties that caused them to leave their homelands, and the journeys that brought them to the United States.

Join us to experience the power of storytelling on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Hudson Hall in Rogers Music Center at the Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

The Immigrant Story Live kicks off at 7 p.m. with a musical performance featuring Martin Zarzar on guitar and percussion, Randy Porter on piano and Mario Diaz on guitar. Afterward, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., four different storytellers from across the globe will share their stories about the challenging journeys that brought them to the United States. This live event will celebrate the broader meaning of Global Diversity Awareness Month by drawing attention to the rich diversity in our communities and investing in their stories and traditions.

This event is sponsored by the Conversation Project at Willamette University, an initiative to cultivate conversation across differences. Committed to principles of equity and inclusion, the Conversation Project celebrates the importance of storytelling as a vital means of recognizing and understanding differences in experience, culture, and power that shape our communities.

This free event is made possible with the support of Willamette University and by a generous contribution by Zidell Family Foundation. Additional funds for programming have been provided by Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is a free event. Doors open at 6:30 PM. First come, first served.