Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Opera Speaks Tonight @ VPL!

Alone in a New Land: The Immigrant Experience in Canada

Wednesday, October 6th, 7:00-9:00PM
Alice Mackay Room, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
Moderated by CBC Radio One’s Mark Forsythe

The title character in Lillian Alling arrives in North America through Ellis Island, in New York, in 1927. Central to her story - a single-minded quest that takes her across the continent by foot and boxcar - is her experience as an immigrant. Alien, ostracized, exposed to danger and taking immense risk, her immigrant experience is a deeply moving undercurrent throughout the opera.

Join esteemed historian Jean Barman, "Canadian Immigrant" magazine's business development manager Alla Gordeeva, and historian John Belshaw, Dean of Social Sciences and Management at Langara College, as they portray the stories of individuals and families, from many lands, who have arrived on our shores.