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"Who's Afraid of the Immigrant? How Americans Learned to Fear Immigrants at the Turn of the Century" presented by Assistant Professor Daniel Bender, Humanities, U of T Scarborough, Canada Research Chair


In recent months, American newspapers have been filled -- once again -- with withering criticism of the nation's immigrant "problem." Congress has even, for the first time, declared English a foreign language! Is this recent nativism new? Or, does it have a longer history? Many of themes of the contemporary debate over immigration, especially the idea that immigrants were stealing 'American' jobs, echo fears of immigration articulated at the turn of the last century. At the turn of the twentieth century, such fears were grounded in complex and frightening ideas about racial hierarchies.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 – 5:00-6:00 pm

Arts & Administration Lecture Theatre, AA112

Everyone Welcome – Free Admission

Speaker Profile:  "Daniel Bender is the Canada Research Chair in Urban History  and the author of "Sweated Work, Weak Bodies: Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns and Languages of Labor" (Rutger U.P, 2004) and "Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Global and Historical Perspective" (Routledge, 2003).  His work has appeared in "International Labor and Working-Class History", "Journal of Women's History", and the "Radical History Review".  His current book project, "Industrial Evolution and the Social Pit: Economy and Science in Industrializing America" is the first major cultural history of American industrialization.  At UTSC, he teaches courses in American history and the history of food."

The Faculty Lecture Series is a thought-provoking showcase of outstanding research taking place at U of T Scarborough. The one-hour lecture offers students, staff and faculty the opportunity to engage with new ideas and theories presented by our faculty members.

2006-07 Series Lecturers Include:

Sep. 27, 2006 – Maydianne Andrade, Life Sciences

Nov. 29, 2006 – David Fleet, Computer & Mathematical Sciences

Jan. 24, 2007 – Daniel Bender, Humanities

Mar 28, 2007 - Janice Gross Stein, Political Sciences & Munk Ctr. for Int'l Studies

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