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Memory Cafe with the Penn Museum
Rebuilding New Life

If you could choose only 10 items to fit in your backpack while leaving home for a new country, what would you bring? What would you leave behind? Will you choose based on your personal values or on necessity for survival?

At this Memory Café, designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi will share his 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 context of global conflicts and refugee issues, while highlighting what life is like for refugees in different parts of the world.

Dialogues prompted by Yaroub’s vivid photographs encourage attendees to think about international affairs in a very personal way. Recommended materials: blank paper, pen/pencil/colored writing utensils.

Jul 22, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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