School of Social Work

The Social Work Book Salon

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Joe's Boathouse Restaurant, South Portland
Contact Name: 
Cathryn Egan-Arnold
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Please join us for a fun, entertaining and stimulating way to earn 2 CEU’s.  Each Salon event will feature an introduction, networking opportunities, and facilitated discussion about the book.

Where:  Joe’s Boathouse Restaurant, South Portland

Time:  6:00 – 8:30PM

The Somali Diaspora: A Journey Away, by Doug Rutledge & Abdi    Roble                          Date - Wed, October 15      

 Since 2003, photographer Abdi Roble and writer Doug Rutledge have been documenting the lives of Somali immigrants in the United States and of the people forced into the vast refugee camps that were set up in Kenya in the wake of the 1991 civil war in Somalia. The Somali Diaspora follows the family of Abdisalem, his wife Ijabo, and their three daughters as they struggle to survive in Dadaab before being relocated first to Anaheim, California, where they barely make ends meet, and then to Portland, Maine. This story takes readers from civil war in Africa to the culture shock of arriving in the United States, growing roots in the Somali community, learning English, finding work, and—in a remarkably short time—participating fully in American life while sustaining a faith in Islam and a distinct cultural identity.

Discussion topics: culture, refugee and immigration issues                                         

Program Facilitator, Paula Gerstenblatt, Ph.D.

Cost:  $20.00 (Discounted fee for USM field instructors and USM social work students)

For More Information: Contact Cathryn (207)780-4120 or