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The Art of Surviving: The Journey of the Karen Refugees in Illinois

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The Art of Surviving: The Journey of the Karen Refugees in Illinois

This exhibition is based on work done by NIU PhD and MA students who either lived within the refugee camps along the Burma-Thai border or who worked with Illinois Karen Refugee communities for the last 15 years. The exhibit looks at life in Burma, life in the refugee camp and life in the United States. The Karen, an ethnic group in southern Burma/Myanmar, has been in conflict with the government since 1949 first calling for an independent state and now representation in national government. During the decades-long conflict and violent military persecution many Karen escaped to refugee camps and/or resettled to a third country. The exhibition ties the minority Karen refugee experience to a global perspective, engaging visitors in a critical dialogue on forced migration and displacement and what visitors can do to advocate for local refugee communities. Photograph of Karen Refugee Camp at the Thai Border by Darby Findley.

Free
Every week through Nov 12, 2021.
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM