Writing Immigration History in an Age of Fake News, with Katy Long, Writer and Broadcaster (MA)

Date: 
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:30

n the battle that currently rages over immigrants’ place in America’s future, history has been weaponized. If liberals remain convinced that America is at its very core a ‘nation of immigrants’: a country shaped by a constant flow of newcomers, conservatives insist that preserving historic American identity depends upon keeping an imminent immigrant ‘invasion’ at bay. The reality, however, is a far more less binary history than is suggested by either shrill and repetitive headlines about walls, deportations and looming crisis, or romanticized nostalgia for an era in which ‘huddled masses’ were ushered through ‘golden doors’. At a moment when debates over immigration are at the center of a national political crisis, is there a duty to write about immigration in ways that reach beyond the seminar hall? If so, how can researchers best tell stories about the history of American Immigration in ways which engage an ever-more skeptical and polarized public.

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What: Writing Immigration History in an Age of Fake News, with Katy Long, Writer and Broadcaster

When: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00-1:30 PM

Where: Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA