Live at Willamette University

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

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

We invite you to hear three compelling first-person tales of courage, fortitude and resilience in the face of unimaginable challenges from Bosnia, Syria and South Korea by members of our community.

Join us to experience the power of storytelling on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 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 a collaboration between Masumi Timson, a renowned musician of the koto, one of Japan’s most treasured instruments, and Dr. Joseph Harchanko, a well-regarded composer and cellist living and teaching in Salem, OR. They will be supported by Philip Thoennes on drums. Afterward, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., three different storytellers from across the globe will share their stories about the challenging and frequently dangerous 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 is a free event. Doors open at 6:30 PM. First come, first served.

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 supported by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. Additional support was provided by Ronald Naito Foundation.