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AACC Celebrates Immigration Awareness Month through the Arts

Tuesday, April 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Megan Mann
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Events Also Include Panel Discussion on Refugee Vetting Process
And One-on-One Consultations with Immigration Attorneys

Discover other cultures and perspectives through several events when Anne Arundel Community College celebrates “Indivisible, with Liberty,” Immigration Awareness Month.

In the film, “Salaam Neighbor,” two filmmakers embedded themselves in the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, where 85,000 Syrians are trying to restart their lives. The film, part of the AACC Women’s Institute spring film series, “Human Rights and Human Wrongs,” will be shown at 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Florestano Building Room 101. A discussion will follow.

A panel discussion on “The State of Refugees in America and the Vetting Process” meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology (CALT) Room 107. Panelists include Naima Said, Esq., chair of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Jason Houser, senior advisor for the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Enjoy the rhythms and beats of West African and Brazilian music at the AACC World Music and Dance Festival on Friday, April 8, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Humanities Building Room 112. Led by Chris Ballengee, Ph.D., assistant professor of performing arts, this celebration of world music and dance features students enrolled in the “West African Music and Dance” course and the “Brazilian Drumming” course, student members of World Music Club and special guests Axé Capoeira Maryland directed by Bayu Wicaksono and The Freedom Choir directed by Elizabeth Melvin.

The college will repeat last year’s free, anonymous and confidential consultations with immigration attorneys in “Ask an Immigration Attorney Night” from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology (CALT) Room 100.

The monthlong celebration will end on a festive note with Immigration Heritage Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology (CALT) Room 100. American immigrants will tell their stories and share in a feast of international food.

All events are free and open to the public. The month is sponsored by the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute in AACC’s School of Business and Law, and planned with help from the AACC Women’s Institute and the AACC Department of Performing Arts. For the latest updates, visit

About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 50,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 50 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. AACC offers national and regional studies leading to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. 

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