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The Story of Refuge: A Conversation with “After the Last Border” Author Jessica Goudeau

October 27, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Story of Refuge:
A Conversation with “After the Last Border” Author Jessica Goudeau

Tuesday Oct. 27, Noon – 1 PM




The Story of Refuge webinar will tell the story of a Karen family and a Syrian family who sought refuge in America while weaving in a review of our country’s surprising history in its approach to refugees.

The author of After the Last Border, Jessica Goudeau will share how her faith impacts her advocacy for refugees, and will discuss:


  • the differing notions of who are refugees
  • how America’s policies and position on refugee resettlement as a country have changed throughout the years and where it is now
  • what the refugee experience might be like
  • how political rhetoric about refugees ranges from deeply humane to hurtful and damaging stereotypes


Join us on October 27th for this exciting, behind the scenes discussion with Jessica.  Whether you’re a refugee expert or wondering what to think, you will learn something new and may even see parts of yourself in the human drama experienced in our country’s story of refuge.




About the Presenter:

Jessica Goudeau is the author of After the Last Border and has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, among other places, and is a former columnist for Catapult. She produced projects for Teen Vogue (“Ask a Syrian Girl”) and A Line Birds Cannot See, a documentary about a young girl who crossed the border into the US on her own. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Texas and served as a Mellon Writing Fellow and Interim Writing Center Director at Southwestern University. Goudeau has spent more than a decade working with refugees in Austin, TX and is the cofounder of Hill Tribers, a nonprofit that provided supplemental income for Burmese refugee artisans for seven years.

Read more of Goudeau’s Op-Ed piece published in the New York Times

In After the Last Border, the author Jessica Goudeau, tells the stories of two refugee women noting that many recent refugees are often in the position of wanting their story told but needing their identities to remain anonymous due to having loved ones in danger in their home country, she writes, “My role is to hide what needs to be hidden and tell what needs to be told.”


Reviews for After the Last Border:

“Absolutely breathtaking. A story of the unbelievable resilience of two refuge families, worlds apart, and the desperate humanitarian crisis that brought them to our doorstep.”
–Kate Bowler, New York Times-bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason

“A tale of our times and for our times. Goudeau is not merely reporting; she is writing from a place of friendship, care, and heart.”
-Kao Kalia Yang, author of Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

“Spectacular writing. This is a captivating book about bravery, dislocation, and human resilience.”
-Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in America


October 27, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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