Welcome to the Fall 2015 Semester!

Announcements, News, and Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 Immigration Courses Now Online

Interested in taking a class about immigration or migration and applying it to your immigration transcript notation? See our newly updated Immigration and Migration Studies Courses page for a list of courses that include strong emphasis on the history and issues associated with immigration. Any questions about immigration classes in the spring? Let us know at

Round Table Discussion about Race and Immigrant Sanctuary Cities

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Come join us on October 15 as we host a round table discussion about so-called "sanctuary cities." Our panelists will examine these sanctuary cities and their place in larger debates about racial justice in the US today and in the past. Panelists include Mark Shmueli (former member of Governor's Commission to Study the Impact of Immigration on the State of Maryland), Sameeera Hafiz (National Domestic Worker's Alliance), and Dr. Antoine Banks (Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland). This event is in conjunction with the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, the Federal Bar Association, MICA, and the Asian American Studies Program.

Afternoon Discussion with Alicia Garza

We will be co-sponsoring an event with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and several others featuring Alicia Garza on October 20th. Garza will be discussing the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement. A social activist committed to challenging society to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all individuals, specifically black people and queer communities, Alicia Garza is the co-creator of the viral twitter hastag and movement, #BlackLivesMatter, a national organizing project which has evolved into the banner under which this generation's civil rights movement marches. Click the banner above for more details!

Forum on the European Migrant Crisis

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In recent months, the world has been transfixed by the unfolding crisis in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Europe as migrants have desperately sought out places of refuge and opportunity. Migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe in numbers last seen after the end of World War II, transforming demographics and energizing debates about citizenship, identity, and human rights. Join us as we host a forum on the crisis entitled "2015: The Migrant Crisis & the Transformation of Europe."

Fall Film Series

Come join us on November 4, 2015 at 6:00PM for a screening of the film "Can," a documentary by Pearl J. Park about the difficulties of struggling with mental illness as an immigrant. This is a part of our ongoing film series, and will feature a discussion afterward with Prof. Mimi Khúc. Refreshments will be provided! For more information, see our Film Series Page

Conference on the Legacy of the Hart-Celler Act

We will be hosting a conference on the legacy of the Hart-Celler Act on November 12, 2015. The conference, titled "Remaking America: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and its Impact," will bring together scholars from various fields to discuss the ways in which the Act has changed our nation over the last fifty years. The conference will consist of two panels and feature a keynote address by Erika Lee. For more information, please visit the conference's page here.

Upcoming Conference on Migration and Labor

The Center for the History of the New America will be organizing a conference entitled "Organizing for Power and Workers' Rights in the 21st Century" on April 14, 2016 with the University Libraries' Special Collections in Labor History and Workplace Studies and the Southern Labor Studies Association in the Juan Ramon Jimenez Room in Stamp Student Union. The conference will feature a keynote address by Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO! For more information, visit our conference page here.

Archive of Immigrant Voices

We are excited to announce that the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM) has begun posting recordings and transcripts of immigrant oral histories online! The Center established the Archive of Immigrant Voices in 2012 to collect the stories and experience of migration and preserve them for history. To listen, click here. Do you have an oral history from an immigrant? Let us know at and we can add it to the archive!

Press Release

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

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.

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

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