Please join Danielle Battisti, Ph.D. as she disucsses her book "Whom We Shall Welcome": Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965. This discussion will take place Tuesday, April 16 at 6 P.M. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.
In 1965 the United States abandoned a framework for regulating immigration on the basis of racist national origins quotas and adopted a regime based on the concepts of family reunification and economic selection. Although this immigration system continues to shape who we are as a people, little is known about why these reforms were enacted in the decades after World War II. Dr. Battisti's talk will explore the emergence of a broad-based immigration reform coalition in postwar America and discuss Italian American motivations for participation in it. Her talk is a must see for anyone interested in twentieth century American political and social history, as well as U.S. foreign relations during the Cold War.
The talk is free and open to the public.
About Danielle Battisti
Dr. Danielle Battisti is an assistant professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she specializes in immigration and ethnic history. Her book, “Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform” (Fordham University Press, 2019) examines both the liberal and conservative elements of Italian American efforts to influence American immigration policies in the 1950s and 1960s. Dr. Battisti is currently engaged in two new research projects. The first seeks to address gaps in political discourse, the academy, and popular memory about the history of "illegal" European migration to the United States by looking at unauthorized Italian immigration from the 1920s to 1950s and the immigration laws that largely facilitated Euro-Americans’ efforts to adjust their status from “illegal alien” to “legal permanent resident.” Her other new research examines American involvement in the creation and operations of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration, a postwar NGO created in 1952 and charged with resettling European Displaced Persons to the Americas and Oceania.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.