Library Lectures

By Chris Conde
March 02, 2017

 Jeanne Smith to Give Author Talk at Public Library

          On Tuesday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the McPherson Public Library, author Jeanne Smith will recount the events that led her to write the book, Refugees! A Family’s Search for Freedom and a Church That Helped Them Find It.

          The book tells the harrowing story of a refugee family from Vietnam, as they faced cultural challenges to resettle in the United States. Smith’s church in Ohio assisted the family with the acclimation process, from finding housing and learning English, to adjusting to cultural differences and dealing with trauma. As the refugees’ horrific story of escape came to light, the church members helped them adjust to their new life in America. In time, the family blended into their new society.

          Jeanne Jacoby Smith is Professor Emerita of English and Teacher Education at McPherson College. Over the years, she has been actively involved in Church World Service programs, particularly those that focus on refugee resettlement, world hunger, and their school kit ministries.

          This transformational and inspiring talk continues to be relevant today and will provide first hand insight to the plight of refugee families.

          For additional information call the library at 245-2570 or email them [email protected]