Columbia University Historian to Lecture on Illegal Immigration

| October 23, 2008

The Honors Program and the Lectures and Events Committee at Sweet Briar College will sponsor a talk by visiting scholar and historian Mae Ngai, the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia University.

Her talk, “Illegal Immigration to the United States: Origins and Consequences,” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Wailes Lounge at the Elston Inn & Conference Center.

Ngai is interested in questions of immigration, citizenship and nationalism in U.S. history. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1998 and taught at the University of Chicago before returning to Columbia in 2006.

She teaches courses on immigration history, Asian American history and 20th-century U.S. history. Ngai is author of “Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America” (Princeton University Press, 2004), which won the Frederick Jackson Turner prize from the Organization of American Historians and the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association, among other awards.

She has written on immigration history and policy matters for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Nation and the Boston Review. She is working on two projects, a biography of Chinese-American immigrant brokers and interpreters and a comparative study of Chinese gold miners in the 19th-century North American West, Australia and South Africa.

For more information, please contact Julie Hemstreet at 381-6473 or [email protected].

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