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UNE Tangier Global Forum presents ‘America and Immigration’

Community Author: Jennie Aranovitch
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Photograph by Jeff Scher | BDN
Photograph by Jeff Scher | BDN
Edward Berenson speaks at the Center for Global Humanities on 12.11.17. Anouar Majid is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Humanities

TANGIER, Morocco: The Statue of Liberty has long stood as a symbol of America’s welcome to immigrants from abroad. But the United States hasn’t always been receptive to the world’s “huddled masses yearning to be free.” Today, as President Donald Trump champions the construction of a massive wall along the United States’ southern border, immigration has once again become a hot-button political issue in the States.

To deepen our understanding of these current developments in America, scholar Edward Berenson will present a lecture titled “America and Immigration” at 7 p.m.  local time (2 p.m. EST) Thursday, April 19,  in the auditorium at the University of New England’s Tangier Campus. This latest presentation by the UNE Tangier Global Forum will be live-streamed to students and faculty on UNE’s two campuses in Maine, USA, and to viewers around the world at

Berenson will examine the checkered history of immigration to the United States, explaining why America has alternated between openness and closure, between tolerance for diversity and the belief that American identity has come undone. He will also consider the political economy of immigration, especially the tension between those who want an infusion of new workers and those who favor workers already in place.

A professor of history at New York University and director of NYU’s Institute of French Studies, Berenson is also a senior fellow at New York’s National September 11 Memorial and Museum. He is a cultural historian specializing in the history of modern France and its empire, as well as the history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States. He is the author or editor of seven books. In 1999, he received the American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, after earlier winning UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2006, French President Jacques Chirac decorated him as Knight in the Order of Merit.

This is the third public event of the spring semester at the University of New England’s Tangier Campus. Last month, UNE hosted a lecture on the increasing prevalence of the Koran’s translation into English, and a concert by the Virginia Military Institute Regimental Band’s Brass Ensemble.

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About the Tangier Global Forum

Founded by Moroccan-American scholar Anouar Majid, the Tangier Global Forum capitalizes on the millennial legacy of Tangier as a border city to encourage discussion and critical examination of the burning issues facing the global community. American, Moroccan, European, and other thinkers from around the world give lectures, lead seminars and conduct workshops to shed light on — and provide new insights into — histories and cultures that are critical to a better understanding of our human condition today. All events are held in the UNE Tangier Campus auditorium. They are free, open to the public and streamed live around the globe. Live translation into one or more languages is also available.

About the University of New England

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, featuring two distinctive campuses in Maine, a vibrant campus in Tangier, Morocco, and an array of innovative offerings online. Our hands-on, experiential approach empowers students to join the next generation of leaders in their chosen fields. We are home to Maine’s only medical and dental colleges, a variety of other interprofessionally aligned health care programs, and nationally recognized degree paths in the marine sciences, the natural and social sciences, business, the humanities and the arts. UNE. Innovation for a Healthier Planet. Visit