Understanding the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World

Educating students about the refugee experience isn’t easy, but a new nonfiction graphic novel and accompanying curriculum can help students of all ages bring those vivid stories to life. Have your students register for the free, interactive webinar Understanding the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World, on Monday, November 23, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST to meet the author of Welcome to the New World Jake Halpern and the main character, Naji. Students can ask questions, share their views and engage in interactive activities! No previous experience with the text or the curriculum is required for students or teachers.

This free webinar follows Teaching the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World (see a recording here) and is for students of all ages, particularly grades seven through 11. Teachers and parents are invited as well to discover engaging ways of using graphic novels and storytelling with children, teens and adult learners. Read the original New York Times editorial cartoon on which the graphic novel is based and download the free curriculum and worksheets.

This webinar is hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute and the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate campaign. It is free-of-charge but you must register to participate.

Technical requirements: 

  • An internet connection
  • Speakers or phone
    • To join by phone, download the free Zoom app for iPhone or Android prior to the webinar.
    • You may be prompted to authorize a Zoom plug-in


Jake Halpern headshotJake Halpern, Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of Welcome to the New World

Naji Aldabaan headshotNaji Aldabaan, Syrian refugee and main character of Welcome to the New World

Kira Simon headshotKira Simon, Director of Curriculum and Training, Anti-Defamation League

This is the latest free webinar hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute. View recordings and resources from past webinars on immigrant integration, education and research including our last virtual conference Strength in Numbers: Uniting Immigration with Other Social Causes.

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