Becoming American

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been selected as one of 32 cultural and educational institutions to participate in the Becoming American series.

The six-week Becoming American series includes documentary film screenings and moderated discussions, designed to encourage an informed discussion of the history and impact of immigration in the United States. The series will explore diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each screening and discussion program is designed as a catalyst for additional learning, inquiry and community dialogue.

The UA Little Rock Ottenheimer Library will host the Becoming American series in collaboration with the Central Arkansas Library System, El Zocalo Immigration Resource Center, Joel Anderson Institute of Race and Ethnicity, and Philander Smith College Social Justice Institute. UA Little Rock faculty members, Dr. Neveen Shafeek Amin, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr. Adriana Lopez-Ramirez, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Dr. Brian Mitchell, Department of History, will serve as scholar participants for the series.

The Becoming American series of public programs was created by City Lore in partnership with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The program series has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Information and materials on the each of the six programs in the Becoming American series (e.g., scholar essays, filmographies, suggested readings, online resources, and humanities themes) are available on the Becoming American Audience Resources page.

The Becoming American series of programs will be scheduled for spring 2019. Details will be announced in fall 2018. For additional information on the series, contact jbhill@ualr.edu.

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