WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS Voyage of Discovery: How Immigrants Shape/d the USA
For Librarians, Teachers, Writers: What do we mean by a "nation of immigrants?" This workshop offers a peek into what the United States would be like without the contribution of its first-generation immigrants. Children’s books will be used to focus on the post arrival journey of individual immigrants, and to showcase their innovative contributions to the American experience – from founding the country to creating enduring ideas, art, and institutions that have stood the test of time. Several examples of the historical and current contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, leaders and philanthropists will be provided. Participants will leave the presentation with creative ideas, exercises, bibliography and online resources to introduce children to the history of immigration, and to the positive contribution of immigrants.
For Any Audience: Immigrants are often seen as the “other,” yet the United States is also described as a “nation of immigrants.” This presentation takes a revealing look at our immigration history, including who came here, why, and how they were received by those already here. The post arrival journey of first-generation immigrants, and their innovative contributions to the American experience will be showcased – from founding the country to creating enduring ideas, art, and institutions that impact us to this day. Several examples of the historical and current contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, leaders and philanthropists will be shared, along with ideas, exercises, and bibliography to further understand the rich legacy of immigrants to the United States.
What attendees are saying:
"I learned so much - it was so relevant."
"It has changed my view on immigration forever."
"....wish my entire library system could have heard the presentation - it is so very relevant."
"Your research on this topic is rich with information that many did not realize or know about (including me) and your knowledge is invaluable."
"It completely changed how I listen to the news."
"You have given me so many ideas for programming focusing on diversity and immigrants for the coming year."