EventsThe Beautiful Crossing: Discussion with NEIU faculty and Alana Murphy

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The Beautiful Crossing: Discussion with NEIU faculty and Alana Murphy

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM


Join us as we discuss Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and themes of immigration, refugees and the challenges of facing us today with Northeastern Illinois University faculty members Tim Libretti (Acting Associate Dean of the English Dept., NEIU, Multi-Ethnic Literature), Maria De La Torre (Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Justice Studies & Latina/o and Latin American Studies, NEIU, Global Migration, and Social Justice), and Brad Greenburg (Professor of English, NEIU, author of When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed), as well as Alana Murphy from The Beautiful Crossing, a platform for sharing stories from former refugees and asylum seekers. The panelists will discuss emigration and refugee challenges based on their research areas and experiences. We will also talk about the writing style and tone of the Exit West, which is both sharply current and dreamily magical.

This event is co-sponsored by our partners at Northeastern Illinois University. 

How to Attend:

This event will take place live on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well!
Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later as well.


Need captioning for this event? Please call (312) 747-4015. Requests must be made at least 10 business days before the event.

This event is part of the One Book, One Chicago 2020 season, exploring the theme "Beyond Borders" and the book Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. For more information visit

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