Author Elly Fishman Visits Upper School

Award-winning author Elly Fishman visited University School of Milwaukee on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to discuss her book, “Refugee High: Coming of Age in America.” The book chronicles the 2017–18 school year at Chicago’s Roger C. Sullivan High School, which boasts one of the highest proportions of immigrant and refugee students in the country. It was the required summer reading for USM’s Global Scholars students.

During her visit, Fishman met with Global Scholars students, as well as students enrolled in the Digital Journalism course, and participated in a lunch hosted by the Global Scholars and the Upper School book club. She finished her visit with a presentation to the whole Upper School in the Virginia Henes Young Theatre, where she was interviewed by Eva Barth ’25. She discussed her career background and how the book came about, and answered questions from the audience.

Fishman’s visit was supported in part by the Global Scholars/Crisis Simulation fund, provided in recent years by a small group of parents, parents of alumni, and alumni, resulting in a matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. Her visit was coordinated by Laura Klein, Upper School librarian. 

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Elly Fishman talks to Eva Barth '25 on stage
Elly Fishman presents to Upper School students at a podium
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Elly Fishman presents to Upper School students at a podium