Freedom from Fear: Refuge Lansing Panel and sign making to be held on September 11

Tuesday, September 11, 7-9pm, RCAH Theater

The “Freedom from Fear: Refuge Lansing” panel and sign making “town hall” event in the RCAH Theater brings together photographers, writers, and nonprofits involved in the Refuge Lansing project, a storytelling project celebrating decades of refugee resettlement in mid-Michigan.

Panelists include Jeremy Herliczek; photographer; Erika Brown-Binion of the Refugee Development Center in Lansing; Robin Miner-Swartz, writer; and Jane Kramer, photographer. The panel is moderated By Tessa Paneth-Pollak of MSU’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

The exhibition is currently on view in the second floor hallway display cases of Snyder-Phillips Hall, 362 Bogue Street, East Lansing, Michigan.

The Refuge Lansing traveling exhibition, spearheaded by RCAH’s own Herliczek, tells the stories of families who have fled violence and persecution in their home countries and are now an integral part of the Lansing region: by buying homes, starting businesses, and sending their children to local schools.

In partnership with For Freedoms and the 50 State Initiative, the discussion will be framed around the topic of "freedom from fear” as we learn: Who is Lansing's refugee community? What support services do they need? What can the average citizen do to help? Attendees can make "FREEDOM FROM:" lawn signs and install them around campus.