Through Oct. 17 The Quilted Conscience: Dreams and Memories International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 33rd and Holdredge, Lincoln Reception Oct. 1, 5-7 p.m. w/ 5:30 p.m. panel discussion & screening FREE, 472.6549, The threads run deep in a story quilt made by 16 Sudanese-American girls from Grand Island, Neb. under the direction of Peggy Hartwell, a founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network. The girls express tribal stories and customs of their families’ homeland and of their adopted Nebraska home through symbol-rich quilt panels. Along with these cultural, social threads, the girls’ immigrant-assimilation stories are connected to a pair of legendary social workers from Grand Island, the Abbott sisters, whose trailblazing early 20th century work focused on immigrant issues-rights. John Sorensen ties it all together. He’s the driving force behind the Abbott Sisters Project, a sponsor of the quilt making with the Grand Island Public Schools and area quilters. Hear and meet Sorensen and some of the girls at a panel discussion and view his new NET documentary The Quilted Conscience.

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