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Participants will consider the similarities and differences in two great waves of mass immigration to the United States: 1890–1915 and 1970–present.


Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University


The twentieth century is framed by two great waves of mass immigration to the United States: 1890–1915 and 1970–present. What conditions encouraged and constrained immigrant incorporation into the nation during these two periods? We will consider similarities and differences in these two waves, particularly economic dynamics, social integration, ethnic-community formation, immigration laws, and the politics of nativism and inclusion, drawing on the immigrant experience in New York City during the Ellis Island era and in our own time.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Please check back soon for a list of readings.

Travel & Accommodations

There are several options for traveling to and from Columbia University. LaGuardia Airport is the closest airport to the campus; a taxicab ride is about $30.00 (including a 15% tip), and the M60 city bus goes directly from LaGuardia to the campus every half hour for $2.50 (change only). For visitors arriving at any area airport (including Newark International Airport), shuttle bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal or to Grand Central Station. The Columbia University website also provides detailed driving directions. As parking is not available on campus, participants who drive will need to park in public parking lots.

Workshop participants will stay in an on-campus dormitory in private rooms, but will share bathroom facilities. Every floor has a lounge and a full kitchen. The university provides bedding and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring fans, alarm clocks, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. There are telephones in each room, but they require a calling card to make outside calls.

Participants should plan to bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited. Every room is equipped with an Internet connection, but cables are not provided.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 9th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   July 15th, 2017 9:00 AM
Columbia University
New York, NY
United States
2017 Teacher Seminar Registration Fee $75.00

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