Handlin Immigration Conference

Thursday, March 8, 2012

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Department of History, in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, is sponsoring a one-day conference in memory of the late Oscar Handlin, Brooklyn College graduate, long-time Professor of History and Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University, and the historian most responsible for making immigration history a central concern in American historical scholarship. The conference will investigate Professor Handlin's legacy in the history of migration. The keynote speaker is Professor Virginia Yans of Rutgers University. Other panelists include Jose Moya of Columbia University, Matthew Frye Jacobson of Yale University, and Juan Gonzalez of the New York Daily News. The conference will include a discussion by current Brooklyn College students. The event will be held on Thursday, March 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Tanger Auditorium of the Brooklyn College Library.


9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: Virginia Yans (Rutgers University)
Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library

11 a.m.

Round Table: Jose Moya (Columbia University), Matthew Frye Jacobson (Yale University), Juan Gonzalez (New York Daily News)
Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Student Discussion
International Room, Student Union

2 p.m.


Keynote Speaker and Panelists

Virginia Yans

Virginia Yansis Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Rutgers University. She is co-editor, with Rudolph M. Bell, of Women on Their Own: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Being Single (2008) and author of Ellis Island and the Peopling of America: The Official Guide (1997), Immigration Reconsidered: History, Sociology, Politics (1990), and Family and Community: Italian Immigrants in Buffalo, 1880–1930 (1977). She is the producer and author of "Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed," a 1996 PBS television special. Professor Yans is currently writing a biographical study of Margaret Mead.

Jose Moya

Jose Moya is Professor of History, Barnard College, Columbia University. His book Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, 1850–1930 (1998) received five awards and the journal Historical Methods 34 (2001) devoted a forum to its theoretical and methodological contributions to migration studies. He has written extensively on global migration, gender, and labor; and has been a Fullbright Fellow in Buenos Aires (three times), a Burkhardt Fellow in Rome, a Del Amo Fellow in Madrid, and held a fellowship from the NEH. Professor Moya directs the Barnard Forum on Migration and, in 2007–2008, Columbia's Institute of Latin American Studies . He is currently editing Latin American Historiography (Oxford UP, forthcoming) and working on the socio-cultural history of anarchism in belle époque Buenos Aires and the Atlantic world.

Matthew Frye Jacobson

Matthew Frye Jacobson is Professor of American Studies and History, Yale University. He is the author of What Have They Built You to Do?: The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America (with Gaspar Gonzalez, 2006); Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America (2005); Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876–1917 (2000); Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (1998); and Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States (1995). He is currently at work on Odetta's Voice and other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History.

Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez is a columnist at the New York Daily News and co-host of "Democracy Now." He is the author of Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse (2002), Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America (2000), and Roll Down Your Window: Stories of a Forgotten America (1995); he is co-author, with Joseph Torres, of News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media (2011).