Warner Norcross & Judd’s One Book, One Firm program continues on Tuesday, July 21, with a panel discussion about this year’s OBOF selection, The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. Earlier this summer, Nardos Osterhart performed her presentation, Hafrican, in which she told us her story of emigrating to Oklahoma City with her family from Ethiopia when she was five. Nardos will join us once again as part of the panel on July 21.
Joining her on the panel will be:
- Alice Kennedy –Alice is the founder and director of Diversity Theatre and works in talent recruitment for Gordon Food Services. Alice was a presenter for our first One Book, One Firm selection in 2008 (Stealing Buddha’s Dinner). Alice and her family were refugees who fled South Vietnam when it fell to the Viet Cong in 1975.
- William Blacquiere – Bill is the President and CEO of Bethany Christian Services. In partnership with local churches and community agencies, Bethany Christian Services welcomes refugee and immigrant families and helps them adjust to a new life in the United States. Bethany offers a wide range of services to refugees, including refugee and immigrant foster care, resettlement services, and supportive trauma treatment plans for refugees and immigrants who are victims of torture.
- Dr. Simin Naz Beg — Simin specializes in hospice and palliative medicine and is a member of the Spectrum Health medical group where her work focuses on improving access to care for vulnerable populations. Simin, originally from Pakistan, earned her medical degree from Nishtar Medical College and completed her graduate medical education at Michigan State University.
The Arrival is a story of one immigrant’s experience leaving his family and his home to find opportunity in a strange and wondrous place. Along the way he is helped by other immigrants who share their stories. The book is a graphic novel without any words. The author relies upon the pictures to tell the stories.
Here are two brief videos on Youtube that serve as a nice introduction to the book. The first is an abridged version of the story set to music. The second is a review of the book delivered in sign language with English subtitles. Author Shaun Tan came across this review and was struck by the parallel between the experiences of immigrants with the experiences of persons with disabilities.