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History in the News: Immigration in Oregon’s Past and Present – at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Willamette Heritage Center

1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200
Salem, Oregon

Recent anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions – and the resistance to such words and deeds — highlights the need for clearer understanding of the history of immigration, immigration law, and immigrant rights. The first program of the 2017 History in the News series will explore this history in Oregon, from laws designed to limit Chinese and Japanese immigration in the 19th and early 20th century to Salem’s recent decision to become an “inclusive city.”

Roundtable Panelists:

  • Ellen Eisenberg is the Dwight & Margaret Lear Professor of American History at Willamette University.  Her research centers on the history of American immigrant and ethnic communities, particularly American Jewish communities.  Her published work includes a two-volume history of Jews in Oregon: Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians 1849-1950 (2015) and The Jewish Oregon Story, 1950-2010 (2016).
  • Michael Niño is an assistant professor of sociology at Willamette University. His teaching interests include Latina/o Sociology, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods and Statistics. In terms of his research, Professor Niño uses a variety of national data sources to develop, test, and promote the scientific understanding of population health among marginalized groups. His research has been published in a number of academic journals such as International Migration Review, Addictive Behaviors, and the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.
  • John Ritter is a well-known historian of Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley who has taught history at a variety of institutions in the region, including Linfield College and Corban University. Prof. Ritter has brought history to a wider audience in many different ways, from public talks on topics such as the state penitentiary to tours of Salem’s forgotten underground tunnels.
  • Julie Weise is an associate professor of history at University of Oregon. her research and teaching explore themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. Her published work includes Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) in addition to academia, Prof. Weise worked in the administration of Mexico’s President Vicente Fox as a speedwriter and researcher for the cabinet-level Office of the President for Mexicans Living Abroad in j20101-2002, and she has worked as a translator, paralegal, project manager, and policy researcher at immigration-related agencies in New Haven and Los Angeles.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Food and drink will be available for purchase courtesy of Taproot Lounge & Cafe.

History in the News is presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, with the sponsorship of KMUZ Community Radio, and with our communications partner Salem City Club.

 

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