December 3, 2021

Chapter General Meeting – Open to All

Please join us via Zoom on Thursday, February 18, at 1:30 pm when Suzanne Strutt will review the Brandeis Freshman Seminar book for this year, Tell Me How It Ends, An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli. Rather than excerpt portions of this slim volume, I quote the succinct indictments of our society that appear on the cover: “In the warrens of New York City’s federal immigration court, an adolescent boy from Honduras confronts a thoroughly confused immigration bureaucracy with the help of his translator, Ms. Luiselli. With our author as guide, we navigate the corridors of a system that tries and fails to reconcile America’s long-standing welcome . . . with its current fear and mistrust of immigrants.

“This is a most necessary book, and a unique one, from a writer whose clear-eyed intelligence and marvelous literary imagination make . . . her narratives a compelling read.

“An indictment of our treatment of undocumented children, a reckoning with our culpability for the dangers they are fleeing, and a damning confrontation between the ideals of the American dream and the reality of American racism and fear, this is required reading for [us all who are] concerned with human rights, human dignity, and our most fundamental responsibilities to each other.” A video recording of the author speaking to the students will accompany the review, with discussion by participants afterward. Invite your friends. The Zoom link will be sent to all a few days before the meeting.

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