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ALFA Food for Thought lecture explores U.S. immigration policy

Posted 03/17/15

The history of U.S. immigration policies will be the topic of Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) Food for Thought lecture on Tuesday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free.

The talk will be given by Fitchburg State Associate Professor of English Benjamin Railton, who coordinates American Studies at the University.

Railton’s talk frames the federal government’s current struggles with immigration reform through the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, allowing us to see how such policies can profoundly influence our national narratives of immigration, diversity, community, and identity.

Railton is committed to producing works of public scholarship, through channels including his recent book, The Chinese Exclusion Act: What It Can Teach Us about America (2013); his daily American Studies blog; his contributions to sites such as We’re History and The Conversation​; among others.  In addition, Railton is vice president of Northeast MLA, a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and the New England American Studies Association Council, advisor for the American Writers Museum, and Editorial Board member of the Encyclopedia of American Studies.

This program is free and open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to park at the Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, and take the free shuttle to Hammond Hall.

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