The United States’ relationship with immigration is ever-changing, evolving alongside global political currents and national sentiment. This event will take a closer look at American immigration throughout the nation’s history. Dr. Tom Owens from the University of Louisville will speak on German, Irish, and Roman Catholic immigrants of the 1840s and 50s, Abigail Glogower of the Filson Historical Society will speak on Eastern European and Jewish immigrants of the 1880s – 1920s, and Luis DeLeon of AppaLatin will speak on Latin American immigrants of 2000s – today.
Following these histories, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer Lisa DeJaco Crutcher will moderate a panel of experts to help us better understand the realities immigrants have faced historically and to this day, including a breakdown of the different tracks of legal immigration as well as the nature of the United States’ law concerning refugees and asylum seekers.
- Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district since 2007
- Professor Enid F. Trucios-Haynes, faculty member at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law since 1993 and a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law
- Rebecca Sim, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services program director
Before the event, explore the stories of immigration within Yinka Shonibare CBE: The American Library, co-presented with 21c Museum Hotel and on view until September 15.