The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library will display an exhibit on the history of immigration in Georgia in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room from January 24-May 10, 2019. Titled Borders Real and Imagined: Georgia Immigration Politics in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, the exhibit will examine anti-Catholicism in the 1910s, refugees from Eastern Europe resettled in the state in the 1940s and 1950s, the Mariel Cubans cases of the 1980s, immigration reform bills presented in the US Congress in the 1990s, and the activities of the Multicultural Community Alliance in Carrollton in the early 2000s. The exhibit will reveal and illuminate the complex history of immigrants and refugees in Georgia, as well as the efforts of Georgia politicians to mold and shape national immigration policy.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Ingram Library’s Special Collections will host a panel discussion at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, February 26. It will feature Priyanka Bhatt, staff attorney for Project South, Steve Goodson, Professor of History at the University of West Georgia, and J. Salvador Peralta, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia. It will be moderated by exhibit curator W. Michael Camp, and will be followed by a reception and exhibit tour.
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