Hofstra University is commemorating the anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act and Hispanic Heritage Month with “Immigration and New York’s Future,” a forum that will address how that landmark law impacted and continues to impact jobs, businesses and the immigrants themselves. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 14, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Guthart Theater, first floor, Axinn Library South Campus. Admission is free and open to the public, however, advance registration is required.
The Immigration Act was seen as a victory for the Civil Rights Movement, overturning America’s ethnocentric national admissions quotas that had long favored European migrants. Since then, Asian and Latin American newcomers have dominated migration flows, dramatically reshaping the country’s population.
Guest speakers include Tarry Hum, professor, Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, and Walter Barrientos, regional coordinator of the community organization Make the Road New York.