Presentation Uses Art and Poetry to Explore the Dynamics of Immigration

The Leavenworth Public Library will host “They Changed My Name,” a presentation and discussion by José Faus on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Jahn Room. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

This presentation brings together the dynamics of immigration told through the lens of visual art and poetry. It showcases an interactive exploration of a personal journey from the heart of Colombia to the heart of the United States, exploring the conundrum of belonging in unfamiliar surroundings while straddling two different cultures and narratives.

José Faus is an independent teacher and mentor. He is a founder of the Latino Writers Collective and is on the board of the Writer’s Place. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. In addition, he has written two books of poetry and painted numerous murals throughout Kansas City.

“They Changed My Name” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative administered by the Federation of State Humanities Council. We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.