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A Nation of Immigrants. Salon at the Benton

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Discussion and contemplation of the role immigration continues to play in contemporary U.S. politics and culture. 

Friday, March 2nd, 2018, 5-7pm
5 - 5:30 pm Social Interaction with Cash Bar and light snacks
5:30 - 7 pm Lively Conversation

Ellen Litman is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of Creative Writing at UConn. Her interest lies in ethnic American literature, the novel, and creative writing (fiction). She is the author of The Last Chicken in America (W.W. Norton 2007), a finalist for the 2007 LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and Mannequin Girl (W.W. Norton 2014). 
Born in Moscow, Russia, she emigrated with her parents in 1992 to Pittsburgh, PA. 

Renato Muguerza is a community organizer for CT Working Families and the CT Immigrant Rights Alliance. He has spent the last 4 years organizing for immigrant rights and other social and economic justice issues, first on college campuses with CT Students for a Dream, and later across the State. Renato's focus has always been to find ways to achieve safety and dignity for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Renato recently graduated from the University of Connecticut.

Jason O. Chang is an Assistant Professor of History and Asian American Studies at UConn. He is the author of Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940 with University of Illinois Press, and co-author of Asian America: A Primary Source Reader with Yale University Press. He has published numerous articles and teaches courses on U.S. immigration history, Asian American history, and Japanese American WWII internment. 

This Salon is co-hosted by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and The William Benton Museum of Art.
*ASL Interpreters will be available at this event.

Admission to the Salon is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Visit the museum's website for information on the UConn Reads associated exhibition Ancestors of the Passage: Work by Imna Arroyo, on view through March 11.

Image Detail: 
Left: Imna Arroyo, Ancestors of the Passage, instillation 2018. Courtesy of the artist. 
Right: Victor Cobo, Crossing Somewhere on the Texas Border, 2003. Benton Museum collection. 

Accessibility Statement: If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Museum's Visitor's Services Desk at 860-486-4520 by February 23.

Earlier Event: March 1
Wind Ensemble: American Winds
Later Event: March 2
CRT: The Crucible