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Workshop on Immigration & the American Ethos, by Morris Levy (University of Southern California) & Matthew Wright (American University)

Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017
Location: 301 Kerwin Hall

Sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University

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Greetings, and thanks for your interest in this workshop! The focal point is our book manuscript Immigration and the American Ethos, which is devoted to understanding what Americans think about immigration and why. Over the course of the day, we will hold several thematic panels to talk through the manuscript's major themes, and we have invited a distinguished group of scholars to help us do so. Each panel will have one or more discussants, and plenty of time for audience Q&A. Jennifer Lawless (American University) has graciously agreed to MC the event, direct Q&A, and keep the trains running on time throughout.

Lunch and snacks will be served at strategic intervals.

Please feel free to stop by and join the conversation even you can only do so selectively! For a detailed look at what gets discussed when, please see the program linked below.


The schedule of activities is available here.


The event will take place in 301 Kerwin Hall (formerly Ward Circle Building), on the northeast side of campus (corner of Massachusetts Ave. & Nebraska Ave.).

Parking: If you are driving in, please let me know and I will obtain a parking pass for you. Parking is generally available in either the Katzen or SIS building garages.

Metro: If you are coming by metro, take the Red Line to Tenleytown-American University station. From there, you can either take AU's free shuttle bus, which stops directly in front of Kerwin Hall, or walk over on Nebraska Ave.

Chapter Drafts for Download

Below, we have posted links to draft versions of all eight chapters. We hope that all participants will read as many of the chapters as they can ahead of time, in order to liven up discussion and provide more feedback for us to work with.

Just one more thing: since they are drafts, please do not circulate them without the authors' permission.

Chapter 1: A Nation of Immigrants Divided Against Itself?
Chapter 2: "Tribal Man" v. "Values Man" in Public Opinion on Immigration
Chapter 3: An Easy Issue?
Chapter 4: Reasons & Rationales
Chapter 5: A Juan by Any Other Name
Chapter 6: Inclusiveness Without Identity?
Chapter 7: Immigration and the White Realignment
Chapter 8: Conclusion