University School of Milwaukee welcomed award-winning foreign correspondent and author Atia Abawi on Tuesday, Oct. 6, who visited virtually with 9th grade students. Her most recent novel, “A Land of Permanent Goodbyes,” was the assigned summer reading for 9th graders and is about refugees escaping from war-torn Syria. Upon starting school in the fall, students discussed the book in their English classes and will continue the conversation in their history classes.
Basma Daham ’21 delivered a biographical introduction of Abawi, who then spoke to students about her experience as a journalist, and how her books—although fiction—are based on real-life stories and interviews with refugees and individuals who work with refugees. Students were then able to submit questions to Abawi, and the questions were moderated by Enrique Aldape ’21 and Irene Gay ’21.