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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Illuminating Minnesota’s Immigrants Past and Present
For Global Minnesota, the University of Minnesota created public programming exploring immigration to the Upper Midwest. Image courtesy of Global Minnesota.

For Global Minnesota, the University of Minnesota created public programming exploring immigration to the Upper Midwest. Image courtesy of Global Minnesota.

In 2016, the University of Minnesota used an NEH grant to produce a year-long series of programs focusing on immigration in the Upper Midwest. Events took place throughout the Twin Cities and across the state, and included the premier of a documentary film focused on Iraqi refugees in Minnesota; performances of spoken word poetry that communicated the experiences of Latinos in the state; a guided walking tour of Minneapolis’s Cedar Riverside neighborhood, which is often called Little Somalia; and a walking tour of St. Paul’s East Side neighborhood, which has hosted Swedish, Italian, German, Hmong, Mexican, and Salvadoran immigrants over the past two centuries. Other events included lectures and public discussions. Partners included high school teachers and students; journalists, poets, and other writers; and libraries, archives, and museums.

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