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Reflection from TLab Scholar Deidre Donovan

In 1995, I went to Stratford-upon-Avon for the very first time.  It was late July, and I was participating in the Roehampton Institute International Summer School, in association with the Shakespeare Institute and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  I was the lucky teacher who won the Treadwell Scholarship that year from the English-Speaking Union (New York Branch), which meant that I had all my expenses paid for my Stratford trip, including tuition, theater trips, meals, and more.  It was a dream come true.  I stayed at a bed-and-breakfast charmingly named "All's Well that End's Well" and attended lectures at the King Edward VI School on Church Street (a.k.a. as "Shakespeare's School").  Professor Stanley Wells (he would receive his knighthood in 2016) gave the opening lecture to our group.  Indeed, I still can remember the hush in the classroom as he spoke about Shakespeare like an old friend and gave us a preview of our agenda.  What was in store sounded amazing—and it proved to be a life-changing experience for me.  When I returned to teaching that fall in my inner-city classroom in Brooklyn, I had much to share with my students.  And as the school year progressed, I could see that they not only were engaged in each Shakespeare play I introduced, they were hungry for more.

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ARNIC Class of 2019 Graduation

For the newest Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) graduates, June 13 was an especially memorable occasion as they attended a graduation ceremony at the Harvard Club of New York. The ARNIC Class of 2019 was exceptionally diverse and included nearly 120 graduates from more than 40 countries.

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Immigrant Heritage Month

June is Immigrant Heritage Month. We stand with immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers and recognize their contributions to building strong, diverse and cohesive communities.

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Career Day/Networking Night

April was a busy month for ARNIC members, who had the opportunity to participate in two unique career-readiness events.

At our third annual Career Day, sponsored by Flushing Bank, members honed their interviewing skills as they took part in mock interviews with bank staff. Members also received personalized resume review and general interviewing tips from the Flushing Bank human resources team.

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The Literacy Review

We were thrilled in April to learn that a piece of writing by ARNIC member Maddalena Maltese had been selected for publication in Volume 17 of The Literacy Review. Published by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, The Literacy Review is an annual journal of writing from adult literacy programs throughout New York City. Being featured is quite the honor. Although more than 350 students submitted work for consideration, only 77 pieces were selected to appear in this year's volume.

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