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Banthology Book Launch & Panel Discussion (Dallas, TX)

April 12, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm


A Conversation About Effects of Travel Bans on the Dallas Community


Presented by Deep Vellum Publishing, International Rescue Committee, and Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

With support from The City of Dallas’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations features writings from: Anoud, Wajdi al-Ahdal, Cristina Ali Farah, Najwa Bin Shatwan, Rania Mamoun, Fereshteh Molavi, & Zaher Omareen. Translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Basma Ghalayini, Perween Richards, Sawad Hussain, William M. Hutchins, and Hope Campbell Gustafson.

An emotional, timely collection of specially-commissioned writings from nations included in Trump’s ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Featured Panelists:
Bill Holston, Executive Director of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
Imam Omar Suleiman, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research
Susanna Lubanga, Interim Executive Director of International Rescue Committee in Texas
Chris Hamilton and Paul Wingo, Attorneys who led the powerful army of volunteer lawyers who converged on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to offer free legal aid to immigrants detained under President Donald Trump’s travel ban
Dr. Larry Allums will moderate the panel discussion.

The panelists will discuss the relevance and timeliness of the book Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations, which was commissioned by Comma Press in the UK and subsequently published in the US by Dallas-based nonprofit literary arts organization, Deep Vellum Publishing. Seven authors from the seven “banned” countries write stories in various literary genres to shed light on those countries’ experiences with the effects of the president’s travel ban. The panelists will also discuss the U.S. administration’s travel bans, the effects the bans have had on Muslims, refugees, asylum seekers, and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (including DFW airport detentions) in our own community, and the path these leaders have chosen to take in response to these bans.

To be held at the Conference Center at Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture: 2719 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201


6:15 PM Reception with refreshments provided by Break Bread, Break Borders
7:00 – 8:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A

Lead Contact for Event: Tiffany Jelke
Lead Contact Email: tiffany.jelke@rescue.org
Lead Contact Phone Number: (940) 765-0992

The panel discussion will be video recorded and posted on Human Rights Media’s YouTube Channel for the public afterward.


Deep Vellum
International Rescue Committee
Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture
Human Rights Initiative


Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture
2719 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201 United States
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