Tonight: Forced Displacement – The View from 10,000 Feet

The New Neighbors Series to cover recent newcomer arrival in Central Wisconsin

Join us tonight for the first installment of the New Neighbors Series, “Forced Displacement – The View from 10,000 Feet.“ This event will feature two speakers, Bojana Zorić Martinez, refugee resettlement Coordinator for the state of Wisconsin , and Dr. Neamat Nojumi, former military commander and senior advisor to the U.S. Government, NATO, the United Nations and more.

In 2022, Central Wisconsin welcomed more than 175 refugees from countries like Afghanistan, Congo, Syria and Burundi. In addition, an unknown number of immigrants arrived here seeking asylum from places such as Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The New Neighbors Series will examine the histories and political situations in the homelands of our new neighbors. We’ll also find out about their journeys to our area and learn what our communities can do to ease their transitions.

Forced Displacement – The View from 10,000 Feet

January 11, 7 p.m., UW Center for Civic Engagement, Veninga Theater
Streamed on the WIPPS YouTube channel.

Dr. Neamat Nojumi – Dr. Nojumi served as a military commander and senior political officer for the Freedom Fighter Forces against the Soviet military invasion of Afghanistan. He went on to serve as a Senior Social Scientist and Senior Advisor to the U.S. government.


Bojana Zorić Martinez – Refugee Resettlement Coordinator for the state of Wisconsin and a former refugee herself, Zorić Martinez has been involved the resettlement of refugees in the state since 2017.


This series is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Wisconsin Humanities, Ethiopian Community Development Council, and Wisconsin Public Radio. The events are free and open to the public, registration is not required. The event will also be streamed on the WIPPS YouTube channel.

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