The Fayetteville Public Library is hosting a new program series titled “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Program on Our Immigration Experience.” We cordially invite you and your colleagues to attend.

“Becoming American” is a series of six two-hour programs that are free and open to the public. Programs feature documentary film screenings and discussions led by a scholar/moderator and are designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our country’s immigration history. The series will engage the audience in exploring the history and impact of immigration in the United States. It will introduce topics for discussion on immigration by screening documentary films that represent a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each screening and discussion program is designed as a catalyst for additional learning, inquiry and community dialogue.

The Fayetteville Public Library is one of thirty-two sites nationwide selected to host this program series which is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

“Becoming American” is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster America’s living cultural heritage through education and public programs. The Immigration and Ethnic History Society promotes the study of immigration history through scholarly publications and education outreach, focusing on migration to North America and the ethnic groups that developed as a result. The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is the only worldwide network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives dedicated to remembering past struggles and addressing their contemporary legacies.

“Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience” will begin Thursday, September 6 at 5:30 in the Walker Community Room of the Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, AR. 72701. We encourage you and your colleagues to participate in this national event at our site.

To obtain copies of the program materials or if you have any questions, please contact:

Leah Frieden, Project Director at 479.856.7208 or lfrieden@faylib.org.