Immigrant Stories Now on Television

Immigrant Stories Now on Television
September 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Saengmany Ratsabout, Immigration History Research Center, 612- 625-4800, saeng@umn.edu, Todd Wardrope, Minneapolis Telecommunications Network, todd@mtn.org, 612-331-8575,

Minneapolis, Minnesota                                                                                                            September 8, 2017

Immigrant Stories Now on Television

The University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) and the Minneapolis Telecommunication Network (MTN) announces their partnership to broadcast digital stories from the Immigrant Stories collection. The IHRC’s Immigrant Stories project is a collection of digital stories created by immigrants and refugees to share their own migration story and experiences, which MTN will be broadcasted through its television and online network in a new series called Immigrant Stories. The program airs Wednesdays at 5 pm on channel 16, and is replayed on Thursdays at 12 am, 5 am, and 11 am. It also airs on Saturdays at 6 pm on channel 17 and replays at 1 am, 6 am, and 11 am.

A joint reception at the Minneapolis Telecommunication Network on Thursday, September 21, 2017, 820 18th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 will celebrate the new partnership between the IHRC and MTN in spotlighting the experiences and stories of immigrants to the United States. Doors will open at 5:30. A screening of Immigrant Stories will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by a reception.

Founded in 1965, the IHRC aims to transform how we understand immigration in the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives, it is North America's oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life. The IHRC promotes interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world. It connects U.S. immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through its Immigrant Stories project. It advances public dialogue about immigration through its public programming, supports teaching and learning at all levels, and develops archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.

MTN was founded in 1983 with a mission to provide access to television broadcast equipment and to cable television channels for the diverse community. Since our inception, MTN has remained faithful to our mission of strengthening community through the free exchange of information and ideas. Today MTN is a vibrant community and gathering place where citizens congregate daily to create television programming. We offer free orientations and a series of media-production training classes each month. We welcome and encourage youth to our facility and offer media literacy curriculum in addition to media-production training.