In partnership with the Immigration Counseling Services, and the NEA Big Reads, The Hood River Library will host a discussion in English called, “Immigration 101.”
This program is offered as part of the National Endowment for the Arts grant program. “The Big Read” is a National Endowment for the Arts partnership with Arts Midwest to broaden understanding of the world, its diverse communities and peoples through the joy of shared reading. Since the initiative began in 2006, more than 5.7 million Americans have attended a Big Read event.
Urrea substantially reduced his speaking fee in order for “The Big Read” to come to the Columbia Gorge. Local co-sponsors are The Dalles – Wasco County Public Library and Columbia Gorge Community College, which are teaming up with 34 partner organizations including the Hood River County Library District, local school districts, Columbia Center for the Arts, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, The Next Door, Klindt’s Book Sellers, Immigration Counseling Services, local elected officials and many others.
The Big Read opens Oct. 4 in The Dalles Civic Auditorium, followed by a wide variety of events throughout the entire month of October in Hood River and The Dalles: Book readings, discussion groups in English and Spanish, film screenings, workshops, and panel discussions on issues affecting the Latinx community. A total of 44 separate events are planned. A detailed schedule will be posted on the college, Hood River County Library and The Dalles – Wasco County Public Library websites.