Refugees and the issues surrounding immigration and displaced persons will be the focus when Nick Baumann, Senior Enterprise Editor at The Huffington Post and grandchild of WWII Era refugees, tells his story in Muskegon on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay in downtown Muskegon.
The event, sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon, begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Baumann has written pieces for Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, Slate and Commonweal. He also has blogged for The Economist and was a Senior Editor at Mother Jones Magazine.
When he writes or speaks about refugees however, it’s personal.
“Our grandparents died when we were young,” Baumann wrote, along with his sister Rachel, in a piece earlier this year in The Huffington Post. “We think about them a lot these days – and the people who chose to help them and the people who chose not to.”
Baumann will be interviewed by George Maniates, MCC History Instructor and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies-Muskegon Board Member. The evening promises to help the community understand the experiences of refugees, while at the same time grappling with the tough issues of immigration and border security policy using other historical experiences as a lens for viewing current issues.
The mission of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon is to cultivate the values which diffuse hate and encourage diversity.