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U.S. Capital Historical Society Symposium on Immigration History

May 5, 2016 @ 6:00 am - May 6, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is pleased to announce its annual spring symposium, Congress and a Nation of Immigrants, 1790-1990: From the First Naturalization Act to the Simpson-Mazzoli Act. The symposium opens with a keynote address and reception at 6 pm on Thursday, May 5. It continues from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday, May 6 in room 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building with six more speakers.

Keynote Speaker Paul Finkelman (University of Saskatchewan) will provide an overview of the role of immigration in U.S. history and explain how Congress, and sometimes the states, regulated immigration and naturalization/citizenship from the 1780s until the passage of the Simpson-Mazzoli Act in 1986. He will also discuss popular and political opposition to immigration in U.S. history. The lecture and reception begin at 6 pm on Thursday, May 5.

On Friday, May 6, speakers will tackle a range of topics that examine Congress and immigration law through various lenses, including race, quotas, politics, and popular culture. As speakers consider immigration law and related issues, they will detail and challenge popular perceptions of racial, ethnic, and political differences in American society from 1789 and the Alien Acts through the Simpson-Mazzoli Act in 1986.

Featured Speakers
Gabriel “Jack” Chin (UC Davis School of Law)
Andrew Gyory (Facts on File)
Mariela Olivares (Howard University School of Law)
Kunal Parker (University of Miami School of Law)
Renee Redman (University of Connecticut)
Lance Sussman (Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel & Gratz College)

This event is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is requested online, or you may email detailed information to uschs@uschs.org or call (202) 543-8919 x38 and leaving a detailed message. Check online for updates on the program and the Thursday evening Capitol Hill location.


May 5, 2016 @ 6:00 am
May 6, 2016 @ 4:00 pm


United States Capitol Historical Society


Russell Senate Office Building
2 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States
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