Historical Perspectives on Immigration with Dr. Erika Lee

July 28, 2021
A Conversation with Dr. Erika Lee
Course Type:

1:30–2:30 PM ET
12:30-1:30 CT
11:30 AM–12:30 PM MT
10:30–11:30 AM PT

Historical Perspectives on Immigration with Dr. Erika Lee

Join us as we explore the story of immigration in the United States and how the history of immigration policy continues to reverberate today with Dr. Erika Lee. Dr. Lee is one of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, the author of recently published America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, as well as the co-founder of #ImmigrationSyllabus, an educational framework developed to “provide historical context to current debates over immigration reform, integration, and citizenship.” During this webinar, we’ll hear from Dr. Lee about how the choices and actions of immigrants have shaped and influenced the realities of America's past, present, and future.

During the webinar, we will:

  • Learn from Dr. Lee about her work on immigration.
  • Engage in a moderated Q&A with Dr. Lee.

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 1:30–2:30 PM ET/12:30-1:30 CT/11:30 AM–12:30 PM MT/10:30–11:30 AM PT. This webinar is a live-only event and will not be available for on-demand viewing.

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

About the Presenter: 

Dr. Erika Lee
Historian, Author, Teacher

One of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, Erika Lee teaches American history at the University of Minnesota, where she is a Regents Professor and Director of the Immigration History Research Center. The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee is the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards, including the Carnegie Fellowship, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is an active public intellectual, serves as the Vice President of the Organization of American Historians, and is the author of four award-winning books including At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (co-authored with Judy Yung, Oxford University Press, 2010), and The Making of Asian America: A History (Simon & Schuster, 2015; Chinese version, 2019.) Called "sweeping," "comprehensive," and "fascinating" by the New York Times and a "long overdue stirring chronicle" by the LA Times, The Making of Asian America was the recipient of the 2015 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature from the American Library Association, an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times, and was named to the Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 list by Kirkus Reviews. Lee’s new book is America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States (Basic Books, 2019). Called “unflinching and powerful” by Carol Anderson (author of White Rage) and “essential reading” by Ibram X. Kendi (author of How to Be an Antiracist), America for Americans won the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the Richard Frisbie Honored Book Award for Nonfiction.

July 28, 2021
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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