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May 10, 2017

Immigrants Back Then & Now


At the Tenement Museum, a day doesn’t go by without a visitor saying, “Immigrants back then were different.” Or maybe it’s the claim that “back then” they were legal, learned English, or worked hard. As we strive to understand all points of view and engage productive conversation, we bring together an expert panel to examine the pervasive myths about immigrants past and present, why and how they have persisted over time, and ways to address them today.

Panelists include:

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and author of There Goes the Neighborhood

Moustafa Bayoumi, journalist and author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America

Nancy Foner, sociologist and author of From Ellis Island to JFK

Phil Kasinitz, sociologist and author of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age

Featured books will be for sale with a 15% discount.

May 10, 2017
6:30-8:00 PM
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002
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