When Home Won’t Let you Stay: Stories of Minnesotans

April 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Harmony Public Library
225 3rd Ave Sw
Harmony MN
Stephanie Silvers

Harmony, MN – Documentary artist James A. Bowey will share stories and photographs from “When Home Won’t Let You Stay,” his traveling exhibition about refugees in Minnesota at the Harmony Public Library on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:00pm. This compelling talk explores how we can bear witness in a contentious world, and awaken our imagination to the possibilities of diversity and human connection, and discusses how current refugee policies and attitudes reflect the state of the empathetic imagination in civic life.

This specially designed, interactive program is approximately 90 minutes long – presentation, discussion, and conclusion. Participants will walk away from this one-of-a-kind program with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper appreciation for photography, creativity, and how empathy is an essential mindset for contemporary education, business, and democracy.

“I am very excited to host Mr. Bowey at the Harmony Public Library. I have heard wonderful stories of his programs from other librarians who have had him at their libraries.” Stephanie Silvers, Harmony Public Library Director.

Comments from others who have seen the program;

“You made me see things in a new way and built my compassion for all refugees and victims of war. Thank you.” -Attendee, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn.

“I cannot believe how moved I was by these photos and the story of each and every individual. It brought me to tears! Thank you for sharing this with our community.” -Attendee, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, Minn.

Bowey is an assistant professor of photography and digital imaging, and an active photo media artist. He is an international photographer, filmmaker and editor; and he teaches an innovative set of photography and digital imaging courses. You can find more about him at whenhomewontletyoustay.org.

More information is available at legacy.selco.info/james-bowey-2019/. All events are free and open to the public.