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Welcome to the Fall 2014 semester!

The Center for the History of the New America aims to make the University of Maryland the hub for understanding the long immigration history of this country, from 1500 to the present, and its connections to world history.

The Center will provide a distinctive institutional home for interdisciplinary and trans-national research, for training faculty and students, and for distributing information about the history of the immigrant experience to a broad public.

If you are interested in the study, the teaching, and the politics of the long history of immigration from a global perspective and want to learn more about The Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland you are in the right place!




Announcements, News, and Upcoming Events

Screening of I Learn America

The Center for the History of the New America and the College of Education will be showing the documentary film I Learn America (2013) on Thursday, October 2 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in 2102 Shoemaker Hall. For more on the film, click here.

Brown-bag Discussion

Dr. Christina Getrich, UMD Department of Anthropology. October 8, 2014- 12:00pm to 1:00 pm. Title tba.

Health Across Borders

On September 18-19, 2014, the Center for the History of the New America and the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland will co-host a conference exploring the connections between migration, race, disease, and public health. Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, will be the keynote speaker. For more information visit our conference page.

Brown-bag Discussion

On Monday, April 28th from 12-1pm in 2108 Taliaferro Hall, Amy Carattini, Ph.D. candidate in sociocultural anthropology, will present preliminary findings on national identification based on interviews with 48 foreign-born professors at the University of Maryland.

Screening of Crossing Arizona

The Miller Center for Historical Studies at UMD will be showing the documentary film Crossing Arizona (2006) on Wednesday, April 23 from 12:30-2pm. The screening will take place in Room 2118 of Taliaferro Hall, featuring comments by Professor Chantel Rodriguez. For more information, visit the Miller Center's website.

Press Release

Center for the History of the New America and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Awarded NEH Grant

Screening of Fast Food Nation

We'll be continuing our Spring 2014 Migration in Film Series with a screening of the 2006 film Fast Food Nation on Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm on Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 0106. Professor Katarina Keane, who is the executive director of the Center for the History of the New America, will lead a discussion following the film. We hope you can join us!

Thank you to all who participated in The Migrant Metropolis Conference March 13-14, 2014!

Events in February

With the start of the new semester, we have several events planned for the month of February. First, on February 11th, we will be hosting Professor Willow-Lung Amam for a brown-bag discussion on "the new white flight." Another brown bag, with Professor Thurka Sangaramoorthy, will follow on February 24th (details to come). On the following day, our film series continues with a screening and discussion of The Karate Kid. We hope you can join us!

Second Brown-bag Discussion

On November 18 from 12-1pm in the Merrill Room (2120) of Francis Scott Key Hall, the Center will host Anthropology Professor Judith Freidenberg for a talk about doing oral history with immigrants in Prince George's County. Please join us - light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch.

Screening of "The Secret of the Grain"

The Department of French and Italian and the Hoff Theater are co-sponsoring the screening of this movie, originally titled "La Graine et le Mulet." It is in French with English subtitles, and follows Slimane, an aging migrant from the Maghreb whose ambition is to establish a successful restaurant in S├Ęte, France but is met by a skeptical opposition from the French bureaucracy. The title of this French-Tunisian film refers to a "grain of couscous" and to mullet, a type of small fish, both popular in Tunisian cuisine. The screening is free and open to the public and will take place at the Hoff Theater on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:30pm.

Screening of Documentary

Aldo Bello, a member of our Leadership Council will be screening his documentary-in-progress Dream: An American Story here on campus on October 30 at 6pm. It will be held in the Special Events Room (6137) of McKeldin Library. We hope you will join us! If you need information about getting to the event, please see this page for directions to campus, this map of the campus (McKeldin Library is in section 5C), and this page about parking. There is a free shuttle from the College Park Metro, running about every ten minutes, that drops passengers off near the library (lot HH1).

Langley Park Panel Discussion

On Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 8:30pm there will be an exciting event regarding the challenges and opportunities of planning and design in Langley Park, Maryland, a diverse and largely immigrant community right next to the University. This panel - taking place in Room 1111 in the Architecture Building - gathers together academics, community organizations, and city officials working in Langley Park to address a range of issues including the proposed Purple Line, affordable housing, day labor sites, food vending, and immigrant businesses, among others. Please see this flyer for additional information.

First Brown-Bag Discussion

This fall, the Center will be holding a series of brown-bag discussions related to immigration. Esther Kim Lee, Associate Professor in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and a member of our advisory board, will be our initial presenter, giving a talk entitled "Asian American Women Playwrights and the Dilemma of the Identity Play: Staging Heterotopic Subjectivities," based on a paper she recently wrote. It will be held in the Merrill Room (Room 2120) in Francis Scott Key Hall on October 7 from noon to 1:30. All are welcome to attend - light refreshments will be provided, but of course feel free to bring your lunch. Please see our page about the brown-bag discussions for additional details.

Book Talk on Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii

The Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland will be hosting a talk on Tuesday, September 17th from 3:30 to 5:00pm in Room 2110 of Taliaferro Hall by Dr. Franklin Odo about his book, Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i. He will discuss how Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions of folksongs, in forms akin to haiku poetry. These songs describe the experiences of a migrant group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Light refreshments will be provided; please RSVP to aast@umd.edu if you'd like to attend.

Gale Immigration Ebooks Collection

The University of Maryland Libraries have subscribed to the Gale Immigration Ebooks Collection. (You will need a UMD account to access it.) It contains full-text reference books on the subject of U.S. immigration.

Forum on Race, Immigration, and Representation

The University of Maryland's Asian American Studies Program hosted a forum on Thursday, May 9th from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Juan Ramon Jimenez Room (Room 2208) in the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland at College Park. It brought scholars from a range of disciplines together to discuss key questions related to race, migration, and representation today. Featured speakers included Jonathan Inda (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Latino Studies), Christine So (Georgetown University, English and American Studies) and Erin Chung (John Hopkins University, Political Science) (invited). Andrew Mayton (English and Asian American Studies Undergraduate) provided comments.

Migration Stories

On April 25th from 3:30 to 5:30pm, students in the "Creating Museums of the Immigrant Experience" course at the University of Maryland hosted a program called "Immigrants Share their Experiences: A Conversation." Through videos that students created, immigrants living in Prince George's County shared their life histories. The event took place at the CASA de Maryland Multicultural Center, 8151 15th Avenue, Hyatsville, MD 20783.

Forum on Race, Immigration, and Action

The University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program hosted a forum on race, immigration, and action on Thursday, March 7th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Jimenez Room in Stamp Hall (Room 2208).


Center for the History of the New America, Department of History, University of Maryland

2155 Taliaferro Hall, College Park, MD 20742  •  phone: (301) 405-4305  •  fax: (301) 314-9399  •  newamerica@umd.edu

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