Program Three: Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation

The New Americans, Epidsode 1, The Nigerians

Becoming American is an in depth series studying the immigration experience in America. This special six -week public programming event will feature a documentary film presentation and a moderated discussion led by Bill Westerman, PhD. The series is designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues set against the backdrop of our immigration history.

The Nwidors are Nigerians who were forced to leave their home to escape the brutality and execution that their tribal leaders sufferd. For more than two years the Nwidor family called “home” a tattered tent in a refugee camp. Mr. Israel Nwidor, a trained chemical engineer and his wife, Ngozi, share the barely inhabitable tent with their two small children. During the film, they share their hopes and expectations for their new lives as the emigrate to America.

This important collaboration, made possible by a grant from City-Lore through the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, the Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and the Burlington County Library System, will shed great light on the history of immigration in our country and how it had impacted the culture of our ancestors as well as the communities we live in today.

For further information, please contact Karen Abdul-Malik, Director, Folk Life Center at the Perkins Center for the Arts 856 235 6488.

All programs are free, open to the public and will begin at 6:30PM.

Presented by:  Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and BCLS
Location: Burlington County Library, Meeting Room