Statue of Liberty: Changing and Contested Meanings


September 25


06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School


Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

66 West 12th Street Klein Conference Room, Room A510

New York, NY, United States, 10011

For more than 200 years, the Statue of Liberty has stood in New York harbor, an icon for millions of immigrants arriving from abroad. Frequently evoked by artists and activists, the Statue holds diverse symbolism in American culture: a representation of protest and patriotism, of entrance to America and exclusion.

The recent heated exchange between White House policy advisor Stephen Miller and CNN reporter Jim Acosta regarding the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the Statue’s pedestal shows the contested meaning and interpretation of the Statue in today’s immigration debate.

On September 25, join the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility for a conversation with experts on the Statue’s place in the country’s complex immigration history, and use in current political discourse. This event will include a visual showcase of the Statue’s prolific images, followed by a panel discussion.

The panel is moderated by James Miller (Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics, and Faculty Director of Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism, The New School). Featured speakers include:

  • Alex Aleinikoff, Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School
  • Julia Foulkes, Professor of History, The New School
  • Roberto Suro, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Director, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, University of Southern California

For those unable to attend in person, the event will be livestreamed on the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility Facebook.

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