Thomas Archdeacon Opens Special Immigration SeriesUW-Madison history professor Thomas Archdeacon will present “Immigration Then and Now,” a free presentation at 7 pm Tuesday, September 11 at the Overture Center for the Arts (Capitol Theater), 201 State Street in Madison. In this first of a special four-part weekly series on “Understanding Immigration,” Archdeacon will examine immigration in our nation’s history and how it compares and contrasts with immigration today. Other presenters include immigration attorney Jose Olivieri and immigration policy experts Benjamin Johnson and Tamar Jacoby.
The program is a presentation of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters as part of its Academy Evening series. All programs will take place at 7 pm Tuesdays, September 11 – October 2 at the Overture Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Admission is free ($3 suggested donation). Seating is first come, first served in the 1100-seat Capitol Theater. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Maps and directions are available at www.wisconsinacademy.org.
Presentations are as follows:
Tuesday, September 11, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Then and Now—Thomas Archdeacon
Thomas Archdeacon, UW-Madison professor of history, examines immigration in our nation’s history and how it compares and contrasts with immigration today.
Tuesday, September 18, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Here at Home—Jose Olivieri
Jose Olivieri, immigration attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee, discusses the impact of immigration, particularly from Mexico, on Wisconsin’s workforce and other aspects of life in our state.
Tuesday, September 25, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Feeling Their Clout: The New Immigration and Political Power—Benjamin Johnson
Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Law Foundation in Washington D.C., looks at the impact of immigration and organized immigrant advocacy groups on U.S. politics—on the streets and in the voting booth.
Tuesday, October 2, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Today: The Problem and the Debate about Solutions—Tamar Jacoby
Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means to Be American, addresses immigration issues and solutions. What are the most vexing issues in immigration today, and how can we resolve them? What might constitute a just and sustainable immigration policy?
The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, founded in 1870, connects people and ideas from all areas of knowledge and all walks of life to advance thought and culture in our state. The Wisconsin Academy's many programs include an art gallery for Wisconsin artists; a quarterly magazine about Wisconsin thought and culture (Wisconsin People & Ideas); public forums such as the Academy Evenings series; and the “Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin,” a public policy program that brings citizens together with farmers, universities, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, agribusiness leaders, and other stakeholders to shed light on a sector that is at the heart of Wisconsin’s identity and economy. For more information please visit www.wisconsinacademy.org.