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Sawyer Seminar Lecture: Rethinking the American Immigration Narrative

Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees T. Alex Aleinikoff will be talking about immigration and asylum policies today.

The idea of the United States as a “nation of immigrants” is the dominant narrative of the peopling of America--taught in US history and civics classes and iconically represented by the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. But other narratives tell a different story about the facts and meaning of US immigration history. These range from stories of exclusion and discrimination to justifications for limiting immigration in pursuit of national self-definition. While no single narrative can capture the complexity of US immigration, perhaps it is time to introduce a new perspective—one that centers mobility in the American story.

Thursday, September 23 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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