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2014-2015 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series

 

"Migration Matters: Rethinking Immigration in the Modern Americas"

 

Introduction | Schedule | About the Lecture Series | About Kenneth Feinberg | Press Release | Poster

 

Introduction

 

A brief glance at recent headlines shows that migration is a hotly debated topic, often polarizing communities and inflaming passions on all sides of the political spectrum. The global movement of people in the Americas and elsewhere has a long and complex history. The 2014-2015 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series brings together scholars, activists and policymakers to help understand the motivations, circumstances and conditions that define migrant and immigrant experiences. By moving beyond simple generalizations of “crisis” or a “broken system,” the series analyzes questions surrounding intervention, reform, belonging and the contested meanings of this “nation of immigrants.”


Schedule of Events:

 

Keynote Address: “Undocumented Migration to the U.S.: Origins, Consequences, Remedies,” Mae Ngai (Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University), Thursday, September 25, 4:30pm, UMass Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room. More info here. Map

Lecture: “A Nation of Immigrants: Brazil and the Meanings of Permanent Foreignness,” Jeffrey Lesser (Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History, Emory University), Tuesday, October 7, 4:30pm, UMass Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room. Map

Film Screening and Discussion: “Mother of George,” Tuesday, October 14, 5pm, Commonwealth Honors College, Event Room 160 (by Roots Café). Presented in collaboration with the UMass Fine Arts Center. More info here. Map

Panel: “Mexican Im/migration and the Making of Modern America,” Neil Foley (The Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Chair in History, Southern Methodist University) and Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz (Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico), Monday, October 20, 4:30pm, UMass Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room. Map

Keynote Address: “Nations of Immigrants: The U.S. in Global Perspective,” Donna Gabaccia (Professor of History, University of Toronto), Thursday, October 23, 4:30pm, UMass Student Union Ballroom. Map

Conversation: “Activism through Music,” A conversation with Angélique Kidjo moderated by Bode Omojola (Associate Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College), Wednesday, October 29, 6pm, UMass Bowker Auditorium (Stockbridge Hall). Presented in collaboration with the UMass Fine Arts Center with support from the Expeditions Program New England Foundation for the Arts,made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. More info here. Map

Musical Event: Angélique Kidjo in Concert, Thursday, October 30, 7:30 pm, FAC Concert Hall. For more information and tickets call 1800-999-UMAS or www.fineartscenter.com Presented by the UMass Fine Arts Center with support from the Expeditions Program New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. More info here. Map

Lecture: “The New Asylum Seekers,” Professor María Cristina García (Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Cornell University), Friday, November 14, 1pm, UMass Campus Center, Room 804. Map

Teacher Workshop: “Picturing Immigration: Teaching U.S. Immigration History with Visual Sources,” Jennifer Fronc (Associate Professor of History, UMass Amherst), Thursday, January 22, 4:30pm, 97 Hawley St, Northampton, MA. Presented with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Collaborative for Educational Services as part of the 2014-2015 UMass-CES History Institute. PDPs available. More info here. Map

Teacher Workshop: “Rethinking Immigration History in the Classroom,” Julio Capó, Jr. (Assistant Professor, Department of History and Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst) and Jessica Johnson (Outreach Director, UMass Amherst), Thursday, February 26, 4:30pm, 97 Hawley St, Northampton, MA. Presented with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Collaborative for Educational Services as part of the 2014-2015 UMass-CES History Institute. PDPs available. More info here. Map

Conference: “The Politics of Migration: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship,” with Katherine Newman (Provost, UMass Amherst), Chandan Reddy (Associate Professor of English, Washington University) and Eithne Luibhéid (Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona), February 27-28, UMass Campus Center, Marriott Room. Check WGSS website for event times. Presented in collaboration with the UMass Amherst Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Map

Lecture: “Transnational Fight for the Rights for Undocumented Migrants, 1965-1986,” Ana Raquel Minian (Assistant Professor of History and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University), April 6, 4:30pm, UMass Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room. Map



About the Lecture Series


Every two years, the UMass Amherst History Department hosts the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series. This year-long series allows students, faculty and visiting scholars to explore a particular theme in depth. The program consists of a series of speakers, panels, classes and other events. The Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass History Department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg (1967) and associates.

Kenneth Feinberg (Diane Lederman/ The Republican)


About Kenneth R. Feinberg

 

The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg (B. A., 1967) and associates. Kenneth R. Feinberg grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, (hometown of boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler)  and received his B. A. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967. A renowned attorney and one of the nation’s leading experts in resolving legal disputes out of court, he served as special-settlement master in a number of major class-action suits involving victims of asbestos, Agent Orange, securities fraud, and the Dalkon shield. Most prominently, Feinberg served as director of the Congressional fund to assist the families of those killed or injured in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He oversaw the distribution of almost $7,000,000,000 and his book, What is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11 (Perseus, 2005), grew out of that experience.

 

Feinberg has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002.

 

To view videos from the 2014-2015 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, visit our YouTube Channel. Follow the series on twitter at #MigrationMatters.