On the Same Page 2020
UPDATE: On February 7, 2020, public radio’s This American Life had an entire episode about Abdi Nor Iftin and his inspiring struggle to become an American citizen. He just succeeded! Listen here.
UPDATE: Librarian Linda Wentworth's guest column about this year's program ran in the February 21, 2020 edition of the Amherst Bulletin. Read it here.
Call Me American
Obtaining a Copy
Copies of Call Me American can be signed out from the Jones Library and branches in February, requested and checked out from the C/W Mars library catalog, or purchased at Amherst Books in downtown Amherst.
Schedule of Events
- The public is welcome at all events - it is not necessary to have read the book to attend the programs, although it is encouraged.
- All events are free and open to the public.
- General admission seating is offered for the author appearance by Abdi Iftin on Thursday, March 5, at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.
Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. - Woodbury Room
Long Journey: Somali Immigrants and Refugees to the United States - Elliot Fratkin will talk about nomadic pastoralism and how this ancient way of life fares in our modern world. He will also discuss the Somali refugee camps in Kenya and migrants to US, including Somali political participation.
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. - Amherst Room
Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. - Amherst Room
Book Discussion of Call Me American - Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected title, led by Jones Library librarian Linda Wentworth. All are welcome.
Sara Bedford is the New American Program Director at Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.
Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. - Woodbury Room
Book Discussion of America for Americans - Continue the exploration of immigration issues with a discussion of this non-fiction title by Erika Lee, after the author's appearance at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday, March 11. Join us for an in-depth discussion, led by a Five College scholar of immigration history. Books will be available at the Jones Library reference desk. All are welcome.
Author Event *** NEW DATE ***
Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm - Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium
Books will be available for purchase and signing, with thanks to Amherst Books.
About the Author
Abdi Iftin is the author of Call Me American, which was named a 2019 Notable Book by the American Library Association and as a Library Journal Best Books: Nonfiction Winner in 2018.
Abdi Nor Iftin currently lives in Portland, Maine, where he works as an interpreter for Somalis who have immigrated to the state. Abdi was accepted to the University of Southern Maine, where he will be studying political science. He plays soccer every Saturday in a melting-pot league of Americans and immigrants from around the world.
The Jones Library would like to thank the following for their participation in and collaboration on this community event:
Abdi Iftin, Elliot Fratkin, Sara Bedford, Amherst Books, the Office of the Superintendent, and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools.
Since its inception, On the Same Page - Amherst has been made possible due to support and funding from either the Friends of the Jones Libraries or Eversource. We thank them for their support of this community program.