Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Friday, October 6 • 9:15am - 10:05am
When Home Won't Let You Stay: Telling the Story of Refugees Living in Minnesota

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Learn how two library directors and a documentary artist worked together to host a program that built an awareness campaign surrounding refugee life in their communities. When Home Won't Let You Stay is a powerful and timely docu-photo project championed by James Bowey. The traveling photo exhibit is meant to give voice to the voiceless and start community-building dialogues in safe spaces like libraries.


James Bowey

Documentary Artist, James Bowey PhotoMedia
James A. Bowey is a documentary artist who explores issues of human rights and social connection. He has spent his career covering a wide range of global and national stories from the war in Bosnia to Hurricane Katrina. His photography and writing have been featured in The New York... Read More →

Lezlea Dahlke

Library Director, Winona Public Library
Lezlea Dahlke is a former educator who taught in tribal communities of South Dakota and Mexico before settling in Winona, Minnesota. She held the role of Children's Librarian at Winona Public Library for 12 years before becoming Director in 2016. She is passionate about building community... Read More →

Alice Henderson

Director, Plainview Public Library
Alice Henderson has worn several hats at the Plainview Public Library in Plainview, MN. She has served as a Library Assistant and a Children's Librarian, and in 2013 became Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am CDT
Meeting Room 104