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Pat Jarrett (Virginia Humanities) and David Bearinger (Virginia Humanities)
A traveling exhibit called New Virginians: 1619-2019 & Beyond from The Library of Virginia in Richmond features oral histories and photographs recorded by Pat Jarrett. People share their personal stories of how they journeyed from Central and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Republics to make Virginia their new home.David Bearinger discusses the complexity of the immigrant and refugee experience for the individuals and families who have lived and are living it.
Sisters of Mercy
Maureen Fitzgerald (William & Mary)
he contributions that Irish nuns made to help destitute immigrant Catholic children in New York City were instrumental in developing modern American social institutions like foster care and welfare. Before the nuns aided these children, they were being sent to live with Protestant families, often never seeing their parents again. Maureen Fitzgerald speaks about what lessons can be learnt from the Irish immigrant experience.
Cindy Hahamovitch (University of Georgia)
Cindy Hahamovitch compares the history and experience of guest workers in the United States to other countries.
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