Swenson Center to host immigration lecture
October 15, 2012
Dr. Donna Gabaccia from the University of Minnesota will give the 23rd annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.), Room 102. This event, hosted by Augustana’s Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, is free and open to the public.
Dr. Gabaccia’s lecture, “The Freedom to Move: Immigrants and Natives 1779-present,” will focus on immigration policy and histories of groups that have been forced to move or not allowed to move, providing a different way of thinking about immigration policy and notions of liberty.
“Immigration is a fundamental part of American history,” said Dr. Dag Blanck, director of the Swenson Center. “Those who attend the lecture will hear a historical perspective on the rules and regulations surrounding immigration, and that perspective can provide insight on how one ponders the current situation and debate over American immigration.”
Dr. Gabaccia is one of the leading scholars in the field of American immigration history today. Her specialties include international migration studies, United States immigration and labor history, comparative women and gender and world history.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and her doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also has published numerous books and articles, including Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective (2012), What is Migration History? (2009) and We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans (1998).
The O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History is presented annually by a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies. It is named after Dr. O. Fritiof Ander, an immigration historian who taught history at Augustana from 1930 to 1968.
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