The Metropolitan History Workshop presents a roundtable discussion:
What do we mean when we say Post-1965 Immigration?: Rethinking the way we teach the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, 40 years later.
Featuring David Reimers (New York University) and Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (University of Michigan)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 2006
Haven Hall, Room 3512
In the four decades since the Immigration Reform Act of 1965, the notion that this legislation represented a watershed in U.S. immigration history has become a commonplace. The panelists will discuss problems with the ways the act is imagined (and taught) as great opening, an end to national origins restrictions, and the foundational moment of a new multicultural society. Faculty and graduate students are invited to participate in a conversation to rethink how we teach "post-65" immigration from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and other regions of the globe.
This event is designed for faculty and graduate students, although others are welcome. After initial presentations by the panelists, the remainder of the time will revolve around audience discussion.
David Reimers is Emeritus Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of numerous books, including OTHER IMMIGRANTS: THE GLOBAL ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (New York University Press, 2005) and UNWELCOME STRANGERS: AMERICAN IDENTITY AND THE TURN AGAINST IMMIGRATION (Columbia University Press, 1998).
Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof is Assistant Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan. He is the author of A TALE OF TWO CITIES: SANTA DOMINGO, NEW YORK, AND A CHANGING WORLD SINCE 1950 (forthcoming, Princeton University Press).
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