This lecture examines the enduring idea of America as a land of hope and refuge for the persecuted and oppressed. It goes beyond the familiar narrative of the Puritan settlers to think about how the idea of asylum has historically justified and obscured nation-building agendas, and why opposition to asylum seekers from Central America today may not be so anomalous to our immigration history.
The speaker is Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia University, whose research and teaching focuses on the histories of migration, citizenship, race and ethnicity.
Monday, March 11 at 7:00pm
Scandinavian Cultural Center
Pacific Lutheran University - Anderson University Center: 12180 Park Ave S, Parkland , WA 98447