Becoming American Events

Several films and talks are planned in conjunction with the series.

March 7, 6:00 p.m. (Thursday)

Program 1: The Century of Immigration
Film excerpts from New York: A Documentary Film Episode 4, The Power and the People and The Jewish Americans Episode 2, A World of Their Own
Followed by a discussion led by Marta Cieslak, UA Little Rock assistant professor
UA Little Rock Downtown
Free and open to the public

March 14, 5:30 p.m. (Thursday)

Program 2: Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation
Film excerpts from The New Americans Episode 1: The Nigerians
Followed by a discussion led by Neveen Shafeek Amin, UA Little Rock assistant professor
CALS Williams Library
Free and open to the public

March 23, 3:00 p.m. (Saturday)

Program 3: Family and Community
Film excerpts from My American Girls
Followed by a discussion led by Adriana Lopez-Ramirez, UA Little Rock assistant professor
CALS Dee Brown Library
Free and open to the public

March 26, 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday)

Program 4: Promise and Prejudice
Film excerpts from Welcome to Shelbyville
Followed by a discussion led by Brian K. Mitchell, UA Little Rock assistant professor
UA Little Rock Ottenheimer Library, Room 535
Free and open to the public

April 11, 6:00 p.m. (Thursday)

Program 5: Help Wanted? Immigration and Work
Film excerpts from Destination America Episode 1: The Golden Door
Followed by a discussion led by Brian K. Mitchell, UA Little Rock assistant professor
CALS Nixon Library
Free and open to the public

April 16, 7:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

Program 6: Immigration and Popular Culture
Film excerpt of The Search for General Tso by Ian Cheney
Followed by a discussion led by Andrew Amstutz, UA Little Rock assistant professor
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Free and open to the public

Biographies

Dr. Brian K. Mitchell (PhD, University of New Orleans) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Dr. Mitchell received his MA in History, MS in Urban Studies, and PhD in Urban Studies/Public History from the University of New Orleans. His academic interests and training are purposefully broad and varied, including race and ethnicity, immigration, public history, African American history, 19th century history, Louisiana history, urban history, U.S. history, justice and inequality studies, historic preservation, digital history and material culture.  He is currently working on several digital projects which pertain to free blacks in the Antebellum South and commemoration of the 1919 Elaine Riot.

Dr. Neveen Shafeek Amin (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She is also an Associate Faculty member at Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity and a faculty member in the Middle Eastern Studies program at UA Little Rock.  Dr. Shafeek Amin received her MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.  She holds core research interests in migration, gender, and health disparities in the United States.

Dr. Marta Cieslak (PhD, University at Buffalo) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UA Little Rock. She specializes in transatlantic history and her work spans East-Central Europe and the United States as she investigates historical connections and parallels between these two regions. Her research interests include transatlantic migrations, nationalism and nation-building, rural and urban poverty, and progressive reform movements.

Dr. Adriana Lopez-Ramirez (PhD, Brown University) is a sociologist and demographer. Her research examines Mexicans, both in Mexico and in the United States, and focuses on how migration affects individuals and families. She is part of the sociology faculty at UA-Little Rock since 2009, where she is an associate professor and program coordinator. Dr. Lopez-Ramirez teaches courses on statistics, research methods, family, and minority groups.

Dr. Andrew Amstutz (PhD, Cornell University) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His work explores the intertwined histories of religion, science, and literature in South Asia, as well as public history. His current manuscript project, “A Language of Science: Urdu and the Making of Muslim Politics in South Asia,” follows the changing relationship between popular scientific knowledge and Islam in India and Pakistan from 1914 to 1965.

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