This winter St. Thomas will be coordinating our Adult Education program with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Big Idea: project “This Land is Whose Land?” on refugees and immigration. Over this period the Center will have numerous events on this topic. I encourage you to attend as many as possible. Many of our St. Thomas Forum discussions will relate to these events and topics. Some of the events require a registration and/or ticket purchase. The Center has generously offered a discount to St. Thomas members so please take advantage of these opportunities.
Here is the schedule:
Jan 21- 11:00 am – Discussion of The Diary of Anne Frank with WRJC
Jan 25– Big Sonia – 7:00 pm Magic Lantern Cinema: For years, Sonia Warshawski (89) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. After the screening, filmmakers (and part time Wood River Valley residents) Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday will be on hand to discuss the film. $10
Jan 27 7:00 pm & Jan 28 2:00 pm Liberty Theater– The Diary of Anne Frank: In this transcendentally powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. Post show play discussion with Jeanette Ringold, who was a hidden child in Holland during the war. Free with $10 suggested donation.
Jan 30 – SVCA-Sarah Sentilles Lecture: Seeing Other People: Photography, Difference, and Ethics at the Limit. Sarah will explore how art and theology offer resources for resisting the forms of observation, capture, and certainty encouraged by drones and other machines of war. She will propose an ethic capable of seeing difference as divine. Free with $10 suggested donation. Please pre-register through the Sun Valley Center.
Feb 4 – 11:00 am St. Thomas Forum: Asmaa Albukaie: “An American Syrian Woman”
Feb 11- 11:00 am St. Thomas Forum: Give Me Your Tired and Poor- US Immigration Policy: How are Americans Called to Welcome the Foreigner?
Feb 18- 11:00 am St. Thomas Forum: Give Me Your Tired and Poor- US Immigration Policy: How are Americans Called to Welcome the Foreigner?
Feb 21 – Mar 10: 7:00 pm Liberty Theater- Company of Fools presents Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize winning response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Tickets through Sun Valley Center: $35 & $40
Mar 8 –6:30 pm Church of the Big Wood- SVCA Lecture: “An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen” Nguyen and his family came to the United States as refugees during the Vietnam War. As he grew up in America, he began to notice that most movies and books about the war focused on Americans while the Vietnamese were silenced and erased. He was inspired by this lack of representation to write about the war from a Vietnamese perspective. $35
Mar 13 – 6:30 pm The Community Library, Ketchum. SVCA Panel Discussion: “Whose Land is It” Panelists Twin Falls Mayor, Shawn Barigar; Director of the Twin Falls Refugee Center; Zeze Rwasama; artist Angie Smith and Asmaa Albukaie with moderator Tom Michael, General Manager of Boise State Public Radio. Free with $10 suggested donation.
Mar 15 – 7:00 pm Magic Lantern Cinema “Welcome to Refugeestan” – Almost seventeen million people—refugees, displaced persons or migrants—live in camps, in a virtual country the size of the Netherlands. The film reveals an immense system that combines humanitarian concerns with the management of undesirables who rich countries want to keep out, whatever the cost. $10