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Spanish Studies and LAIS Program Present

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Law and Lore: Remembering Spanish Immigrants in the US—A lecture by Prof. James Fernández (NYU)
Olin, Room 102
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
How is it that a country of immigrants like the United States can be home to such a virulent strain of anti-immigrant sentiments and policies? Part of the answer to this question, Prof. James Fernández (NYU) sustains, has to do with the way in which descendants of immigrants (mis)construe the stories of their ancestors. For almost 10 years now, in collaboration with Luis Argeo, Prof. Fernández has been digitizing and analyzing the family archives of descendants of Spaniards who emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century. They have also conducted interviews with the custodians of those archives: children, grandchildren, and, in some cases, great-grandchildren of the immigrants. In this talk, Prof. Fernández discusses patterns in the discrepancies we often find between the historical record embodied in the archives, and the family lore that has developed around them. 

Open to all. In English.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Olin, Room 102