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Crossing the Divide: Storytelling and Somali Identity in America.

  • Cowles Auditorium - Humphrey School of Public Affairs 301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States (map)

Join us for a special event featuring voices of Somali Minnesotans who share their stories and show how storytelling can bridge generations, as it has for other immigrant groups throughout U.S. history. The “listening session” is part of a 5-state reporting venture by The GroundTruth Project. Their reporting examines the issues that divide us and tells the stories that unite us.

Storytellers include:

  • Said Salah Ahmed, playwright, poet, filmmaker, and teaching specialist at UMN Department of African American and African Studies
  • Abdirizak Bihi, director of Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, host of KFAI’s Somali Link Radio
  • Ifrah Mansour, multimedia artist and playwright
  • Saciido Shaie, president of the Minnesota Ummah Project, governor’s appointee to the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee
  • Fatuma Mohamed, poet and student at the University of Minnesota
  • Sisco, artist, youth mentor/organizer

*A prayer room will be available at the event.


This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center at the University of Minnesota's Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and is part of WGBH and The GroundTruth Project's cross-country reporting road trip, "Crossing the Divide."

About The GroundTruth Project: The GroundTruth Project supports a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation.

About WGBH Boston: WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web.