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Lawrence, Kansas
Sharing Migration Stories in Midwestern Communities
A participant in the project's Storylab workshop shares his migration story publicly at a local Story Slam. Image courtesy of the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas.

In response to an NEH call for projects that would spark community dialogue, University of Kansas faculty created a program that would engage some of the more vulnerable members of its community: African migrants to the Midwest. Migration Stories helped Kansas communities consider how migration patterns are changing their region and learn more about the migrants in their midst. Over the course of a year, the Migration Stories project hosted film and book discussions; theatre, art, poetry, and storytelling workshops; and engaging lectures. And, in collaboration with the University of Kansas Spencer Research Library, the project documented and preserved African immigrants’ oral histories, many of which can be viewed on the Migration Stories website.

“[NEH funding provided] a wonderful opening up of possibilities—some that have been realized and some that are waiting for us and others to pursue.”
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