Documentary, 'The Letter,' to be shown on campus today
"The Letter" (2003), a documentary of the arrival of Somali immigrants into a small town in Maine, will be shown at 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 18, in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.
This event is part of a Sociology 100 course, but everyone is welcome and the event is free.
About the film
Mayor Larry Raymond of Lewiston, Maine, sent an open letter to 1,100 newly arrived Somali refugees, advising them that the city's resources are strained to the limit and asking other Somalis not to move to the city. Interpreted as a rallying cry by white supremacist groups across the United States, "The Letter" documents the crossfire of emotions and events, culminating in a "hate" rally convened by the World Church of the Creator and a counter "peace" rally that involved 4,000 Lewiston residents who support ethnic and cultural diversity. The film is a timely, thoughtful and riveting chronicle of life as a new American.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Ellen Kennedy, (651) 962-5082.