On April 5, 2014, the Lawrence History Center and its sponsors and partners will host a one-day symposium on the history of the “new immigration,” into Lawrence, Massachusetts and similar communities.
We are delighted to announce that Brown University Professor Jose Itzigsohn will be delivering the keynote address!
Changing Providence: the Dominican Experience in Providence, RI
In the last decades Providence—as Lawrence and many other cities and towns in New England—experienced a large flow of migration from the global south. Dominicans constitute one of the largest groups in this migration. This presentation focuses on the history of the contemporary Dominican migration into Providence and analyzes the ways in which Dominicans (together with other immigrant groups) changed the city. The presentation explores the ways in which Dominicans incorporate into Providence’s social, economic, and political life and the fault lines that immigrants face in this process of incorporation.
Jose Itzigsohn is Professor of Sociology at Brown University. He is the author of Encountering American Faultlines where he analyzes the experience of incorporation of Dominican immigrants in Providence, RI. The book studies the social mobility of first and second generation Dominicans, their ethnic and racial identities, and their participation in Providence political life. He is also the author of numerous articles on immigrant transnationalism. He is currently analyzing the position of immigrants in the American class and racial stratification system and on the forms and meanings of political participation for immigrants.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Reminder: The deadline for abstract submission is December 31, 2013
Scholars, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students are encouraged to submit proposals. Papers, artwork, spoken word, and video presentations are welcome.