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History Crash Course: Immigration in a Changing America

August 2, 2017

Immigration has always been a major driver of both change and debate in U.S. history. This webinar – organized by the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and led by historian, author, and IHRC Director Erika Lee, IHRC Program Coordinator Saengmany Ratsabout, and Immigrant Stories Project Manager Dr. Elizabeth Venditto – will introduce key themes in immigration history and the main issues that historians are considering in today’s highly-charged climate. In particular, we will use the IHRC’s #ImmigrationSyllabus which provides historical context to current debates over immigration reform, integration, and citizenship as our guide. Participants will also learn about the IHRC’s Immigrant Stories project to engage with diverse local communities. A digital storytelling and archiving project, Immigrant Stories helps immigrants and refugees create digital stories: brief videos with images, text, and audio about a personal experience and is a successful community engagement tool. The rich collection can also be used for teaching, learning, and exhibits.




Date: August 2, 2017

Time: 3pm Eastern/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic

Cost: Free to All

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact mitchell@aaslh.org for more information.



About the Immigration History Research Center

Founded in 1965, the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center is the oldest and best-known research center devoted to understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America in both the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives (University Libraries), it is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America. We promote interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world through monthly seminars and research grants. We connect US immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through our Immigrant Stories project. We advance public dialogue about immigration with timely programs that draw audiences from around the corner and around the world. We support teaching and learning at all levels, and develop archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.



About the Speakers:

Erika Lee is an award-winning American historian, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarly specialties include migration, race and ethnicity; Asian Americans; transnational U.S. history; and immigration law and public policy. She is the author of three award-winning books, including At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, and The Making of Asian America: A History.




Saengmany Ratsabout is Program Coordinator at the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. He holds an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and a Master of Liberal Studies. Saengmany has over 16 years of experience working with immigrant and refugee communities.





Elizabeth Venditto is the Immigrant Stories Project Manager at the Immigration History Research Center. She holds a PhD in migration history from the University of Minnesota.




The History Crash Course Webinar Series is produced in partnership with the Organization of American Historians. We invite you to find out more about OAH by visiting their website here.


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