New Jersey has a big story about immigration, packed into a small state. Many may not immediately think of New Jersey, but it is a gateway state that holds an important part of America’s immigration history. Immigrant histories in Jersey have been and continue to be distinct by region and in comparison to the rest of the country. Considering and learning more about what this means can lead to more informed communities. Through the examination of film clips, texts, and media coverage by Professor Carlos Decena of Rutgers University, participants will have a candid discussion about issues that are being examined and debated, nationally and in local communities, by many today.
Carlos Ulises Decena, an Associate Professor and Chair of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, is an interdisciplinary scholar, whose interests include critical theory and whose projects combine rigorous engagement of the humanities and the social sciences, with an emphasis on transnationalism and diaspora in the American continent, US Latinoamerica and the Caribbean. His first book, Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same-Sex Desire among Dominican Immigrant Men, was published by Duke University Press in 2011.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.