2016 Calendar of Events

A series of community and campus events will be planned around the 2016 OBOC theme, "Faces of Migration: The Human Experience," throughout the fall of 2016. New events will be added, so check back often. All events are FREE, unless otherwise noted.

Signature Events


KICK-OFF EVENT: An Evening with Sonia Nazario
Sunday, Aug. 28; 7 p.m.
East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road
Meet author Sonia Nazario as she discusses her experiences, talks about “Enrique's Journey,” answers questions from the audience and signs books. Admission is first come, first serve. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

* The event will be available via a livestream and on-demand playback at http://livestream.com/msualumni/2016OBOC.

A recording of the event will also be replayed on East Lansing's government Ch. 22 (WELG) on Sundays and Mondays at noon and 8 p.m. and will be available to borrow at the East Lansing Public Library beginning Sunday, Sept. 4.

MSU Academic Welcome featuring Sonia Nazario
Monday, Aug. 29; 9 a.m.
Jack Breslin Student Events Center, MSU Campus
Sonia Nazario will address MSU's incoming class at the MSU Academic Welcome. Open to the general public.

Community Event with Ben Rawlence
Wednesday, Sept. 14; 7 p.m.
East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road
Ben Rawlence will speak about his book, "City of Thorns," at a special community event at the library. All are welcome to attend.

Other OBOC Events

Sam Jury: To Be Here
May 14-Nov. 27
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU Campus
To Be Here is a video and sound installation by British artist Sam Jury about the suspended trauma of displacement endured by Sahrawi refugees living in the Boujdour Camp in southwest Algeria. The installation is available for the public to view through November 27, 2016 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Admission is free. Learn more.  

Art Exhibit featuring Paintings by Local Refugee Youth - "Picture Our Stories"
Sept. 2-12
MSU International Center Lobby, 427 N. Shaw Lane
Community members are invited to view art created by local area youth in Samaritas' refugee foster care program. Learn more

Writing Workshop: "In Praise of the Human Spirit"
Sept. 6, 13 & 20; 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road
Each year, Anita Skeen - a professor in the Residential College in Arts & Humanities at MSU - leads a writing workshop that ties into the OBOC program theme. To register, click here. Space is limited.

MSU Libraries Film Series: "La Pirogue"
Wednesday, Sept. 14; 7-9 p.m.
Green Room (Four West)
Moussa Touré's drama chronicles a group of West African immigrants who attempt a hazardous illegal crossing to mainland Europe. Learn more.

Lansing Storytellers Project - "Crossing Borders"
Tuesday, Sept. 20; 7-9 p.m.
University Club at MSU, 3435 Forest Road
The Lansing State Journal is partnering with OBOC to host its next Lansing Storytellers Project in East Lansing. The theme of the event is "Crossing Borders." The event will feature stories from immigrants, refugees and travelers. This event is open to the community. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Every one who pays in advance is guaranteed a seat. Learn more.

MSU Libraries Film Series: "Which Way Home"
Thursday, Sept. 22; 7-9 p.m.
Green Room (Four West)
This film shows the personal side of immigration as child migrants from Mexico and Central America risk everything to make it to the US riding atop freight trains. Learn more.

Writing Workshop Participant Reading
Tuesday, Sept. 27; 7 p.m.
(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St.
Community members are invited to hear participant readings from the One Book, One Community Writing Workshop: "In Praise of the Human Spirit." Light refreshments will be provided.

The Immigration Debate: Open vs. Closed Borders
Thursday, Oct. 6; 2 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center Auditorium, 219 S. Harrison Road

Following the debate, there will be a reception for attendees in the Red Cedar Room. Registration is free, but necessary to ensure space. Learn more and register.

Other OBOC Resources

Dadaab Stories Website
500,000 Refugees, Countless Stories
Community members can get an even deeper look inside the Dadaab refugee camp by visiting www.dadaabstories.org

Immigrant & Refugee Resource Collaborative Handout
The IRRC has compiled a list of opportunities for those interested in interacting
and working with newcomers in the local community. View IRRC Handout.

HBO Documentary: "Which Way Home"
Director Rebecca Cammisa's "Which Way Home" is a feature documentary film that follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train called "The Beast." Learn more.