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Roam from Home | Rebuilding New Life: Photo Memories of Iraq
by Penn Museum If you had to choose only 10 items you can fit in your backpack to leave home for a new country, what would you bring? What do you choose to leave? Will you make a choice based on your personal values or based on necessity for survival? In this session, Yaroub Al-Obaidi, a designer, shares his long journey traveling from Iraq, through Syria, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and finally to Philadelphia. He "visits" each point of his journey with a set of items that he packed for his departure to a new land. Describing the memories, challenges, and hopes he had at each transition, Yaroub explains the contexts of global conflicts and refugee issues, and highlights what life is like for refugees in different parts of the world. Dialogues prompted by Yaroub’s vivid photographs encourage students to think about the complex issues of international affairs in a very personal way. Recommended Materials: Blank Paper, pen/pencil/colored writing utensils

Dec 7, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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