NEW Online Discussion Series:
There is no better way to explore the complex dynamics of American immigration than by attending to what immigrants themselves have to say. Using our anthology Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, we’ll consider how a wide range of authors shape fictional and autobiographical narratives about the experiences of coming to America, being here, and revisiting their native countries.
With a goal of deepening our understanding of the American experience, we’ll have four discussion sessions, each focusing on three selections from a specific section of the anthology: Coming Over, Being Here, and Going Back. In the final session, we’ll discuss an additional story from each of the three sections, and consider overall themes and emphases.
Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories
The 18 stories collected in Immigrant Voices highlight the complex relationships of immigrants in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century with their families, friends, new surroundings, and home countries. The authors themselves have made many of the same kinds of transitions as the characters they portray, and they offer fresh perspectives on the immigrant experience. Coedited by award-winning author Achy Obejas and cultural studies scholar Megan Bayles, this anthology addresses the perennial questions about society and the individual that the authors of the great books have pondered for centuries.