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A Conversation About Effects of Travel Bans on the Dallas Community

  • Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture 2719 Routh Street Dallas, TX, 75201 United States (map)

Deep Vellum Publishing, International Rescue Committee, and Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture present: A Conversation About Effects of Travel Bans on the Dallas Community

Facebook Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/358207881340165/

Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations Book Launch & Panel Discussion - about the Muslim travel bans and their impacts. More about the book here: https://deepvellum.org/product/banthology/

Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations features writings from: Anoud, Wajdi al-Ahdal, Cristina Ali Farah, Najwa Bin Shatwan, Rania Mamoun, Fereshteh Molavi, & Zaher Omareen. Translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Basma Ghalayini, Perween Richards, Sawad Hussain, William M. Hutchins, and Hope Campbell Gustafson. An emotional, timely collection of specially-commissioned writings from nations included in Trump’s ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Featured Panelists: 

  • Bill Holston, Executive Director of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
  • Imam Omar Suleiman, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research
  • Susanna Lubanga, Interim Executive Director of International Rescue Committee in Texas
  • Chris Hamilton and Paul Wingo, Attorneys who led the powerful army of volunteer lawyers who converged on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to offer free legal aid to immigrants detained under President Donald Trump’s travel ban
  • Dr. Larry Allums will moderate the panel discussion.


The panelists will discuss the relevance and timeliness of the book Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations, which was commissioned by Comma Press in the UK and subsequently published in the US by Dallas-based nonprofit literary arts organization, Deep Vellum Publishing. Seven authors from the seven “banned” countries write stories in various literary genres to shed light on those countries’ experiences with the effects of the president’s travel ban. The panelists will also discuss the U.S. administration's travel bans, the effects the bans have had on Muslims, refugees, asylum seekers, and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (including DFW airport detentions) in our own community, and the path these leaders have chosen to take in response to these bans. 

6:15 PM Reception with refreshments provided by Break Bread, Break Borders,
7:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A

Lead Contact for Event: Tiffany Jelke
Lead Contact Email: tiffany.jelke@rescue.org
Lead Contact Phone Number: (940) 765-0992

The panel discussion will be video recorded and posted on Human Rights Media's YouTube Channel for the public afterward.

Earlier Event: April 7
The Cigar Vault Silent Auction
Later Event: April 12
Know Your Rights