Global Minnesota Public Programs complement the Public Forums by extending the public dialogue about immigration past and present into local communities through active public engagement and creative formats. The programs include workshops, screenings, walking tours,  and public discussions. Topics include migration journeys, the formation of immigrant communities and neighborhoods, ethnic and racial identities, the relationship between immigrant communities and other underrepresented groups (like African Americans and American Indians), memory and history, and the changing face of America today.

Past Events

From Then to Now: Immigration and the (Re)Making of Saint Paul's East Side

Type of Event: Walking tour & public discussion

Date: July 9th & 23rd, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM

Location: East Side Freedom Library. 1105 Greenbrier ST, ST Paul, MN, 55106

Co-organized with the East Side Freedom Library, this half-day event examines the role of immigration in the making and remaking of St Paul's East Side over the last 150 years. The event includes a walking tour of Payne Avenue. Starting at Swede Hollow, the tour focuses on the street's role as a center of immigrant life: from the Swedish, Italian, and German immigrants of the 19th century, to the Hmong, Mexican, and Salvadoran immigrants of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The tour ends at the East Side Freedom Library and is followed by a round table discussion, "A Taste of the Global Midwest: Immigrant Chefs of the East Side of Saint Paul." Local immigrant chefs and scholars will explore the historic and contemporary relationships to immigration and food within the community. Guests can sample dishes prepared by neighborhood chefs.

Educational Resource: Walking tour guide.* Inside you will find a tour map that gives a brief explanation of each of the 14 stops. You will also find a short list of materials (books, newspaper and journal articles, websites, etc.) for young and adult readers. As you follow this tour, we ask that you take the time to look, smell, and hear what is going on around you. This is still an immigrant community, though from different parts of the world than 100 years ago. What commonalities do you find betwen these East Side immigrants past and present?  *File is in .pdf format, fitted to legal-size paper.


From Snoose Boulevard to Little Somalia

Date: August 27, 2016

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: Trinity Lutheran Congregation. 2001 Riverside AVE, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Minneapolis' Cedar Riverside neighborhood has known many names. Originally known as Snoose Boulevard (Snusgatan) due to the large number of Scandinavians who moved to the area to work in the lumber industry in the late 19th century, for the last 150 years this neighborhood has welcomed immigrants from across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Today it is home to the largest Somali population in the United States. During this two-hour tour, attendees will learn about the various waves of immigrants who have left their marks on this nieghborhood, stop in and meet community business owners and members, visit local places of worship, and taste some typical treats. We will wrap up the tour with a brief Q & A session. The tour is led by Anduine Wilhide, Doctoral Candidate in History, based on her archival research and oral histories she has collected. 

This tour is approximately 1.5 miles in length. If you get hungry along the way, stop in to one of the many delicious immigrant-owned restaurants.

Educational Resource: PDF iconWalking tour guide*File is in .pdf format, fitted to legal-size paper.


Latinx Voices

Time: 8:00 PM 

Location: The Loft Literary Center. 1011 Washington AVE S, Minneapolis, MN, 55415.

In collaboration with the Minnesota-based spoken work poetry collective, Palabristas, Global Minnesota: Immigrants Past and Present is working with Latino communities across the Twin Cities to create spoken word poetry that reflects their experiences. This evening's event will use spoken word poetry, performances, and public dialogue to explore the experiences of Latinos in Minnesota. It will feature amateur and professional artists from across Minnesota, and, as a source of comparison, California. A panel discussion moderated by Professor Bianet Castellanos from the University of Minnesota will wrap of the evening.


Iraqi Voices

Date: October 29, 2016.

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Landmark Center. 75 5th ST, St Paul, MN, 55102.

Global Minnesota is teaming up with the Iraqi + American Reconcilliation Project to premier a documentary short on Iraqi refugees in Minneaota. The short features approximately ten Iraqi refugees and focuses on issues and themes they think are important for an American audience to understand about Iraq, Iraqis, and Iraqi Americans. The short Following the premier there will be a panel discussion with 3-5 participant filmmakers and scholar Joseph Farag