Erika Lee to Speak in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wednesday, Jan. 25
7:30 p.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
The history of immigration and campaigns for immigrant rights have always been connected to the history of slavery in America and African American freedom struggles. As part of Grinnell’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, award-winning historian and author Erika Lee examines these connections – including the meaning of citizenship and the struggle for equality – from the late nineteenth century to today.
One of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, Erika Lee teaches American history at the University of Minnesota, where she holds the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, is Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
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