What We Bring: Immigration & the Arts

NOV 24, 2015 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


November 24, 2015: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Free, Reservations Required


Public Programs



A diverse lineup of performing artists and historians celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Reform Act and its impact on contemporary American culture. In 1965, the Hart-Cellar Act changed the demographics of our nation, making possible a new era of immigration from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean that continues today. This interdisciplinary program looks at the art, culture, and history of this immigrant wave and how they can illuminate current debates on immigration. Performances by: Colombian vocalist and cuatro player Johanna Castañeda and harpist Vidal Garzón; Gambian kora player and jali (praise singer) Alhaji Papa Susso; and members of the Central Asian group Ensemble Shashmaqam. Talks by: Nancy Foner (Graduate Center), Jack Tchen (NYU), and others.

Presented by GC Public Programsthe Gotham Center for NYC History; the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage; the Center for Traditional Music and Dance; and City Lore. This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.