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Somali Bantu Refugees’ Journey to Lewiston, Maine
September 21, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Colby College Professor Catherine Besteman will speak on the Somali Bantu Refugees’ Journey to Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. at The Alfond Center. This luncheon program is sponsored by the Mid-Maine Global Forum.
Catherine Besteman is an anthropologist who has taught at Colby since 1994. After conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Somalia in the late 1980s, she reunited with her former neighbors from Somalia when they began moving to Maine as resettled refugees in 2006. Her new book, Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, chronicles their journey from war-torn Somalia, to Kenya’s massive refugee camps, and, finally, to Lewiston. Besteman is a recent Guggenheim fellow, and her research for this book was also supported by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.