Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center 825 N. Cascade Ave
Author Helen Thorpe reads from her new book “The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom” a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans.
Helen Thorpe’s intensive, year-long reporting puts a human face on the faces of 22 newly arrived teenagers taking a beginner-level English language acquisition class at South High School in Denver. The new book has already been named a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. South High School has long been committed to supporting refugee and immigrant students. The teenagers in Mr. Williams’s class–from Syria, Iraq, Burma, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other war-torn places–have a limited grasp of English and of American culture in general. Still, they are teenagers: irrepressible, passionate, adaptive. Helen Thorpe was born in London to Irish parents and grew up in New Jersey. She lives in Denver. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of “Just Like Us” and “Soldier Girls.”
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