Come to the grand opening of a Center that doesn’t yet exist- a day of performances, workshops, film screenings, and more exploring the poetry and the refugee experience, with an initial focus on the Southeast Asian refugee diaspora.


12:30 p.m.

Opening Welcome (1st floor, Theater)


1:00 p.m.

Refugee Poetry Biblio-a-thaon (3rd floor, 30 min)

Story Hour (3rd floor, 1 hour)

SAADA First Days Stories Recording Session (2nd floor, Studio A, 2 hours)



Library (3rd floor)

SAADA First Days Stories Videos (3rd floor)

The Boat station (3rd floor)

Quote station (3rd floor)

Paper plant cutting station (3rd floor)

Critical Refugee Studies Collection booth (3rd floor)

National Endowment for the Arts booth (3rd floor)

Temple University Press booth (3rd floor)

Film Screenings (2nd floor, Studio C)


1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Reading group/book discussion (3rd floor)


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Performance showcase (featuring Ocean Vuong, Lan Duong, Cathy Linh Che, Monica Sok, and Catzie Vilayphonh) (1st floor, Theater)


3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Memory work workshop, with Monica Sok and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials (2nd floor, Studio A)


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Poetry workshop, with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vong (1st floor, Theater)


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Youth storytelling workshop, with Kao Kue (2nd floor, Studio A)


4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing conversation: Panel talk on refugee experience and the arts, with poet Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, visual artist Boone Nguyen, and dancer/choreographer Ananya Chatterjea (3rd floor)


5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Closing conversation: What is the CfRP? with poet Ocean Vuong, scholar Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, and curator Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis (3rd floor)


5:30 p.m.
Disappearance of The Red Chador: A Eulogy by Anida Yoeu Ali