This seminar for teachers will address immigration to the United States throughout history up to today.


Registration fee: €10


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Immigration and the United States: Of Melting Pots and Border Fences

Teacher Training / Registration fee: €10


This seminar will examine immigration to the United States as a historical, social, cultural, and political phenomenon. We will identify major immigration waves in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as today and examine American society’s reaction to the influx of newcomers. The course will also examine the many metaphors that have been offered for the process of integrating immigrants: the “melting pot”, the “salad bowl”, the “stew” and even the “pizza”.


Immigration has been the source of sharp political and social conflict. Examples include the 19th century nativist movement and today’s debate about keeping out illegal immigrants by building a fence along the border with Mexico. The lecture will analyze these conflicts and put them in perspective. Finally, immigration has also been the topic of political satire, which will help us cast a more humorous light on this serious topic.



09:00 Introduction: The United States, a nation of immigrants

09:15 Immigration in the 19th and early 20th centuries: from the “golden door” to nativist restriction

10:00 The melting pot and alternative models

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Modern immigration

11:30 Illegal immigration and its controversies

12:15 A Nativist president: Trump, the wall, and other issues

13.00 Open discussion

14:00 End




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Speaker: Dr. Markus Hünemörder, LMU


Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations


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