Immigration in America (Virtual)

Tuesday, June 7, 2022-Tuesday, June 28, 2022

6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Four Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Seminar Description
Americans have long taken pride in being a nation of immigrants, pointing to the inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty taken from the poem by Emma Lazarus, reading in part: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…,” and taking pride in identifying themselves as hyphenated Americans (e.g., Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans). The pride of being a nation of immigrants has been incorporated into the idea of American exceptionalism and America being founded on an idea, rather than blood lines,. At the same time, America has been the home of persistent anti-immigration sentiment, at times bordering on xenophobia and outright violence. This seminar will explore the history of these two competing ideas and the search for a middle-of-the-road of accommodation and acceptance of various minorities and their place under the “sacred canopy” of being Americans.

Four sessions. $170/$153.

Led by Bryan LeBeau.


Bryan Le Beau recently retired as Provost, Vice President, and Professor of History at the University of Saint Mary. Currently, he is an Adjunct and Reading Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Georgetown University.

Registration Fees

Registration is $170

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and Associate members (at the Author level and above) of the Newberry.

Contact Us
The Adult Education Seminars Program team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. To reach the seminars program, email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.