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Migrations Past and Present: 19th Cent. Jewish Migrations to Current Issues

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King Juan Carlos Center

53 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012

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Join us for a one-day conference that will investigate themes of migration to America that have marked the experiences of immigrants (with a particular emphasis on the Jewish experience) over the past century. This event is the product of a collobration between the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University, and HIAS, a resettlement agency founded by the Jewish community in 1881 and a leader in immigrant and refugee advocacy today. It is also the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship Collaboration Grant.

Each of the four conference panels will feature conversations between historians, writers, and non-profit and government professionals who support immigrants and refugees. The conference will focus on issues pertaining to refugees, immigration and gender, immigrant integration, and nativism.

All conference proceeds will be donated to HIAS to advance the work of refugee and immigrant advocacy. For questions, please contact Judah Bernstein at jmb807@nyu.edu.



Conference Schedule:

9 AM, Refugees, Past and Present

A conversation with:
Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS
Richard Breitman, Distinguished Professor in History at American University

10:45 AM, Immigration and Gender

Panel presentations and discussion, featuring:
Hasia Diner, Professor of History and Hebrew-Judaic Studies at New York University
Marcy Hersh, Senior Advocacy Officer at Women’s Refugee Commission


Lunch Break

1:15 PM, Immigration and Integration

Panel Presentations and discussion, featuring:
Rebecca Kobrin, Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Columbia University
Roya Hakakian, Writer and Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholar

3 PM, Nativism, Past and Present

Roundtable discussion with:
Mae Ngai, Professor of History at Columbia University
Yehuda Kurtzer, President of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Sania Khan, Assistant Attorney General of New York, Civil Rights Bureau


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