Governor Herbert H. Lehman

The Herbert H.Lehman Center for American History

Interuniversity Center for European-American History and Politics (CISPEA)

The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies

The University Seminar on the City, Columbia University


jointly sponsor the

international conference



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


For information contact:

*Pre-registration suggested (seating is limited):*






2  pm  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 pm


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 pm  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.  Public Reception at The Italian Academy






Breakfast 8:30-9 a.m.


Session II. : Perspectives on Italian Immigration 



Chair: Maurizio Vaudagna,  University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy (Conference Co-Chair)

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"



10:45-11 am    Break



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

The Immigrant Republic in the 20th Century



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  Lunch



Session IV:  The Economic View: Laborers and Entrepreneurs

1:45-3:30 pm


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



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



Moderator:  Lisa Keller, Purchase College, SUNY (Conference Co-Chair)



Closing Comments: Kenneth T. Jackson






Saturday Afternoon 2-8 p.m.
Bus Tour led by Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson
Harlem, Flushing and Astoria
Visit to the Panorama of NYC
Reservations required; limited spaces



Inquiries to the Lehman Center:

 A full schedule will be posted to this site in March.

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