7 p.m. Rediscovered Books (180 N. 8th St). Boise State has released the latest volume of its Investigate Boise community research series. “Half the World: Refugees Transform the City of Trees” tells the story of a staggering humanitarian crisis through the memories of people rebuilding their lives. Topics include the politics of immigration, refugee education, Boise history, municipal policing and international law.
“The book looks closely at a city’s encounter with the foreign and unfamiliar,” said urban studies professor Todd Shallat, who founded the series. “Boise, in many ways, defies red-state stereotypes. Its strong connection to refugee issues predates the United Nations. Through refugees, Boiseans have come to embrace global connections that seed new kinds of commerce and diversify the city’s cultural life.”
The book will be available in softcover ($18) and hardcover ($30).