DISCUSSION: “Immigrants and the Power of Words"

This discussion is Part I of an Indiana University Lifelong Learning Class.

Sponsors: The Power of Words is a biennial event sponsored by the Friends of Monroe County Public Library which this year is funded in part by the NEA Big Read. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 8 Join us as we explore the immigrant experience in the United States, from a historical perspective and through American literature.

Our conversation begins with Elizabeth Gray’s presentation of American Literature and the Immigrant Experience. American literature is filled with stories portraying the immigrant experience. From the explosive descriptions of immigrant exploitation in The Jungle to modern day conflicts between immigrant parents and their children, these stories provide insight into their lives. This class provides a look at the history of immigrant fiction in American literature and how its shapes our culture, as well as a discussion on the portrayal of immigrants in author Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.

IU faculty member, Ellen Wu, will continue with her lecture The Great American Melting Pot: Myth or Reality? Americans love to think of their country as a land that has long attracted the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and the quintessential “Melting Pot.” But how useful is this framework for comprehending the experiences of the nation’s myriad peoples-and indeed, for grasping the meanings of “America” itself? This session explores the various ways that Americans and newcomers through the ages have treated migration as both a problem and a solution. The aim is to provide historical context that will deepen our understanding of today’s hot-button immigrant debate. The final highlight will be the opportunity to hear from and meet author Jamie Ford at the Power of Words gala at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Friday, November 17. 

Thursday November 02, 2017 07:00 PM
Thursday November 02, 2017 08:30 PM
Monroe County Public Libary, 303 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Betsy Watson, Director of Lifelong Learning & Mini University
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$65, includes a reception with author Jamie Ford
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity • Difference • Otherness.
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