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The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History presents Erika Lee
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History presents Erika Lee
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationOther
AddressSeattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryOne of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, Erika Lee will present “A History of American Xenophobia from Japanese American Incarceration to the ‘Muslim Ban’.”
DescriptionAs central as immigration is to U.S. history, Erika Lee posits that the U.S. continues to be a nation of xenophobia. Lee argues that our fear and hatred of foreigners has been an American tradition since the colonial era and has continually compromised and even irreparably damaged our values and our democracy. An award-winning historian, Lee traces the evolution of contemporary xenophobia from the World War Two incarceration of Japanese Americans to the current administration's travel ban in this incredibly timely and relevant event. After her lecture, Lee will appear in conversation with Densho’s Tom Ikeda.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
One of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, Erika Lee teaches American history at the University of Minnesota, where she holds the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, is Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and a Regents Professor. The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recently awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, (also known as the nation’s “brainy award” and a frequent commentator in the media, she is the author of three award-winning books in U.S. immigration and Asian American history: At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (co-authored with Judy Yung, Oxford University Press, 2010), and most recently, The Making of Asian America: A History (Simon & Schuster, 2015, 2nd ed., 2016, Chinese version, 2018). Called "sweeping," "comprehensive," and "fascinating" by the New York Times and a "long overdue stirring chronicle" by the LA Times, The Making of Asian America was the recipient of the 2015 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature from the American Library Association, an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times, and was named to the Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 list by Kirkus Reviews. Lee is currently writing a history of xenophobia in the United States titled Fear of the Stranger: A History of American Xenophobia, which is under contract with Basic Books to be published in 2020.

The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt.
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NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Densho and Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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