The Newcomers Among Us


The Newcomers Among Us series, directed by Leigh Swigart, is part of a long-standing program at Brandeis University called Seminars in the Humanities and the Professions. The program uses literature as a lens through which seminar participants may view their work in new and constructive ways. It brings together people who work with immigrants and refugees in the Boston area with the aim of building a network of professionals who can advise and consult one another in this critical and growing field.

Newcomers Among Us is a collaboration of the Center, Spheres of Exchange (formally the Network for Newcomer Advocacy - NENA), and the Framingham State College Center for Global Education.

The Newcomers Among Us Seminars

Newcomers Among Us: A Seminar for Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program (December 12, 2005)
Participants from the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program of Boston included the program director, ESL instructors, employment specialists, a business manager, an administrative assistant, legal specialists, interpretation service managers, and several refugee case managers. A number of nationalities were also represented – Afghani, American, Belarussian, Bosnian, Chinese, Haitian, Pakistani, Polish, Somali, Sudanese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.

Newcomers Among Us with the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE) in Somerville, MA (May 18, 2005)
Participants were drawn largely from the SCALE staff, all of who are involved in ESOL, literacy, and other education classes that largely serve the local immigrant community. Several participants hailed from the field of family therapy and also have an immigrant clientele. Diverse nationalities were represented by those in attendance, including American, Venezuelan, Haitian, and Israeli

Experiences of Haitians Who Have Made Boston Their New Home (March 4, 2005)
Held at the Association for Haitian Women (Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston) in Dorchester, this seminar focused on the experiences of Haitians who have made Boston their new home.

Sharing Experiences and Learning Lessons (October 27, 2004)
Held on the Brandeis campus, this seminar brought together professionals and members of the Brandeis community to discuss issues surrounding immigration in Waltham, Newton, Lincoln, and other suburbs of Boston.

Sharing Experiences and Learning Lessons (April 21, 2004)
Held at the Department of Public Health in Roxbury, this seminar explored issues surrounding contemporary immigration in Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods in Boston.

From Minas to Massachusetts (November 12, 2003) A humanities-based seminar on Brazilian immigration in Framingham, MA

Haven or Home? (May 16, 2003) A pilot program explores issues facing refugees and their host communities