A World on the Move:

Emigration and Immigration In Europe and the Americas

April 23-25,  2009

Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, N.Y. 10027
Conference site: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lehmancenter/
Pre-registration suggested (seating is limited):
lehmancenter@columbia.edu  (name & affiliation required)


2  p.m.  Welcome:   Barbara Faedda, Acting Director, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies

Opening Remarks: Michael T. Ryan, Columbia University

Session I:  Two Aspects of Jewish Migration

Thursday, April 23, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Chair: Owen Gutfreund, Barnard College, Columbia University

Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University:  "Jewish Immigrants, Financial Failure and the Reshaping of American Capitalism, 1914-1930”

Hasia Diner, New York University: "Our Newest Immigrants:" Holocaust Survivors and the Work of American Jewry on Their Behalf"



4:00-5:30 p.m.   Plenary session

Speaker:  Jacques Toubon

Chair of the Advisory Committee of the National Center for the History of the Immigration, Paris; Member of the European Parliament; Former Minister for Culture and Justice in France

“European Immigration Policies Through the Lens of History”

5:45-7  p.m.   Reception at The Italian Academy



Breakfast 8:30-9 a.m.

Session II. : Perspectives on Italian Immigration  

9-10:30 a.m.

Chair: Maurizio Vaudagna,  University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy

Donna Gabaccia, University of Minnesota: "Immigrants, Neighborhoods, and Urban Tourism in New York: The Case of Little Italy"

Simone Cinotto, “Piero Bairati” Center in European-American Studies-University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy:  "One Third of a Nation: Public Housing and Cultural Pluralism in Italian Harlem, 1934-1950"



Session III: The Future of Immigration in the Age of Globalization

The Immigrant Republic in the 20th Century

10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Chair: Philip Kasinitz, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University: “Empire City: The Immigrant Role in Defining New York”

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, New York University:  “Global Vertigo and the End of Migration”

Claudio Remeseira, Columbia University: "Hispanic New York and the Redefinition of a Hemispheric Identity"


12:45-1:45 p.m.  Lunch


Session IV:  The Economic View: Laborers and Entrepreneurs

1:45-3:30 p.m.

Chair: Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University

Nancy Green, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France: "Sweatshops and Elite Migrants: Two Examples Beyond the Industrial/Postindustrial Divide"

Jan Rath,University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: “The City and Immigrant Enterpreneurship”



3:30-3:45  Break


Session V:  Immigration and Exclusion

3:45-5:45 p.m.

Chair:  Adam McKeown, Columbia University

John  Foot, University College of London:  “Foreign immigrants in Milan: representations, exclusions, memories and politics”

Mae Ngai, Columbia University: "Chinese exclusion and the racialized immigrant interpreter"

Barbara Faedda,  Italian Academy for Advanced Studies: "Emerging Trends: Immigration Law and Lawyers in Italy"




Breakfast 8:30-9 a.m.


Session VI: The View from the Americas

9-10:30 a.m.

Chair: Jaime Rodriguez, St. John”s University

Jose Moya,  Barnard College, Columbia University:  ”European Immigration and Socioeconomic Development in the Americas”

Claudio W. Lomnitz, Columbia University: "US-Mexico Border and the Origin of 'the Mexican race', c. 1900"



10:30-10:45 break


VII. Roundtable for All Particpants: The Future of Immigration in the Age of Globalization

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Moderator:  Lisa Keller, Purchase College, SUNY


Closing Comments: Kenneth T. Jackson


Saturday Afternoon Bus Tour, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Led by Professor Kenneth T. Jackson

Harlem, Flushing, Steinway and Astoria

Reservations required; seating limited



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