May 2, 2018

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NYU DC Dialogues and NEWorks Productions presented, "Realities of Today’s West Side Story: A Dialogue on Immigration and Socioeconomic Disparities," a discussion panel featuring Esther Olavarria, Vice President for Institutional Affairs and Chief of Staff at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Allen Orr, Esq. Treasurer, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rachel Peric, Executive Director at Welcoming America, and Nolan Williams, Jr., CEO of NEWorks Productions, Festival Artistic Director of the Mann Center and Conceiver/Curator of the West Side/South Side Exhibition. The conversation was moderated by Cathleen Farrell, Director of Communications at the National Immigration Forum.

This panel discussion hopes to draw public attention to these prevailing issues and launches the national photo exhibition, "West Side/South Side: The Face of Immigration and Socioeconomic Disparities in America" which will be displayed in the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Lobby at NYU DC through the end of May.

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Esther Olavarria

Esther Olavarria

Allen Orr

Allen Orr

Rachel Peric

Rachel Peric

Nolan Williams, Jr.

Nolan Williams, Jr.

Cathleen Farrell

Cathleen Farrell (Moderator)

Cathleen Farrell, Director of Communications, National Immigration Forum

Cathleen Farrell brings more than 30 years of professional experience in journalism, advocacy communications and strategic communications to her role as the director of communications of the National Immigration Forum. At the Forum, Cathleen leads all content strategy across departments and initiatives. Before joining in 2014, she served as director of digital strategy and chief of communications at the Inter-American Development Bank. As a journalist, she has edited and written for leading publications in the United Kingdom, Canada, Latin America and the United States. A native of Canada, Cathleen is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal.


The West Side/South Side Exhibition is inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, a work that challenged America to wrestle with issues of immigration, community integration, and social disparities that often distinguish one neighborhood from another. 60 years after West Side Story premiered on Broadway, the still-prevailing issues of community integration and socioeconomic disparities are apparent throughout America.

The exhibition is sponsored by NEWorks Productions, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), and Fulton County Arts and Culture (Atlanta)— it features photography from students at five American universities in three major cities: American University, University of the District of Columbia, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Clark-Atlanta University, and University of the Arts (Philadelphia).