Students from the University of New Mexico have collaborated for the past two years on a project about the refugee crisis that has culminated in a new book — Outside the Margins.
Although you can purchase the book to support the good work of local groups working with refugees, the students are very clear that they want the contents and ideas of the book to get out into the world as far as possible, and so there’s no copyright restrictions. The book can be downloaded for free from the website http://unmibsg.com/otm/
I attended the book’s launch at UNM on February 22, 2018. This is a book unlike any other I’ve seen, on this topic or any other topic. Why?
Every page is a new way of communicating about the complexity of the refugee crisis in a way that attempts to be accessible to everyone, anyone.
As the students described their project and what they had learned, I thought about the lessons I first learned in Beyond War so many years ago in California.
The concepts in the book are difficult and simple — difficult because the world today is only beginning to understand or acknowledge these truths, and simple because these concepts are the foundation of the truth that future generations will take for granted. This book is a bridge between today and tomorrow, just as Beyond War was a bridge in the 1980s in California.