“Migrations Past and Present” Conference to Consider Experiences from 19th Century to Today—June 5


NYU will host “Migrations Past and Present,” a one-day conference that considers migration to America over the past century, on Mon., June 5.

“Migrations Past and Present” Conference to Consider Experiences from 19th Century to Today—June 5

New York University will host “Migrations Past and Present,” a one-day conference that considers migration to America over the past century, on Mon., June 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (53 Washington Square South [between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.]).

The conference will highlight how the historical experiences of immigrants to the U.S. illuminate contemporary immigration challenges. Its four panels, which will have a particular emphasis on Jewish immigrants but will also treat the experiences of many other immigrant groups, will feature conversations between historians and non-profit and government representatives, including Sania Khan, assistant attorney general of New York, Civil Rights Bureau, and Marcy Hersh of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

To register, please click here; for more information, please call 212.998.8980 or email jmb807@nyu.edu.

Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

Conference Schedule:

9 a.m.: “Refugees, Past and Present”
A conversation with:
Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS
Richard Breitman, professor of history, American University

10:45 a.m.: “Immigration and Gender”
Panel presentations and discussion, featuring:
Hasia Diner, professor of history and Hebrew-Judaic Studies, NYU
Marcy Hersh, senior advocacy officer, Women’s Refugee Commission

1:15 p.m.: “Immigration and Integration”
Panel Presentations and discussion, featuring:
Rebecca Kobrin, professor of history and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Roya Hakakian, writer and Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholar

3 p.m.: “Nativism, Past and Present”
Roundtable discussion with:
Mae Ngai, professor of history, Columbia University
Yehuda Kurtzer, president of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Sania Khan, assistant attorney general of New York, Civil Rights Bureau

The event, supported by a Wexner Graduate Fellowship Collaboration Grant, is organized by the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at NYU, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University, and HIAS, a resettlement agency founded by the Jewish community in 1881 and an advocacy group for immigrants and refugees. All conference proceeds will be donated to HIAS to advance the work of refugee and immigrant advocacy.

Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).
 

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James Devitt
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(212) 998-6808