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Documentary Film: Time For Ilhan (2018)

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim person to be elected to state office in America. This documentary film intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation’s largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, the film offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career. This past November Ilhan Omar was elected to serve the people of Minnesota’s fifth congressional district, becoming the first Somali American elected to the United States Congress.

 

Poetry Reading: Lindsay Bernal, What It Doesn’t Have To Do With

Sunday, April 28, 4:00 p.m.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Lindsay Bernal holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Maryland, where she has coordinated the Creative Writing Program and the Writers Here and Now reading series for over a decade. Her first collection of poems What It Doesn’t Have To Do With (2018) won the 2017 National Poetry Series competition. The recipient of a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a fellowship from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, Lindsay divides her time between Front Royal, VA, and Washington, DC, and is a member of the Allyn family of Canaan and Norfolk.