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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

02/09/16: Immigrant And Refugee Experiecences; Rethreaded; Alan Parsons; Jacksonville Organists

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We see headlines and controversy about immigrants and refugees coming into this country, but what are their experiences really like?

TEDxFSCJ will explore the topic Wednesday night in its first Salon of 2016, a selection of TED Talks on the immigrant and refugee experience. This event, titled "Immigrants, Refugees and Jacksonville’s Muslim-American Community," will feature a number of local voices.

We preview the event, and discuss the lives of Jacksonville's refugee and Muslim-American populations, with Dr. Paul Hendrickson, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at FSCJ’s Deerwood Campus; Ranna Abduljawad, member of Floridians Responding to Refugees; and UNF professor Parvez Ahmed, with the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.

Rethreaded, the local nonprofit working to help women caught in the cycle of the sex trade, will hold its fifth annual Mukti fundraising event this weekend. Rethreaded founder Kristen Keen joins us with more ways you can support the group this Valentine's Day.

We speak with Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Alan Parsons about his career and his performance at the Florida Theatre this week with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony.

And Patricia DeWitt of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists joins us with a preview of their special screening of the classic Buster Keaton silent film "Sherlock, Jr." with live pipe organ accompaniment. 

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