Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative

Immigrant storytelling in the American narrative; a free webinar on changing the immigration conversation; Wednesday, September 22, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

The United States is a “nation of immigrants,” but increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric has polarized the American public and led to discrimination, violence and even tragedy. What is the place of immigrants in today’s U.S., and how can we foster a more balanced, compassionate narrative around immigration? 

Register now for Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative, a free webinar on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT. In this free webinar, we will learn how to tell immigrant stories as part of, not something separate from, the American narrative amid all the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. Experts in journalism, history and storytelling will examine the latest book by NPR’s Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You: A Memoir, outline the history of immigrant narratives in the U.S., and offer strategies to shift the public discourse on immigration. In advance of this webinar, we encourage participants to watch the Live Conversation with Noé Álvarez and Maria Hinojosa, part of the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sunday, September 19, from 6:00-6:30 PM EDT.

You will learn:

  • The history of immigrant narratives and how they have shaped today’s discourse and policies
  • The experiences of people telling immigrant stories in multiple mediums
  • Tested and replicable strategies for both the U.S.-born and foreign-born to change the conversation

This webinar is open to the public including not-for-profit workers, teachers, students, researchers, volunteers, librarians, legal service providers, advocates and others. It is hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute and the Collaborative for Educational Services’ Emerging America. It is free of charge but you must register to participate. 


Denzil MohammedDenzil Mohammed, director, The ILC Public Education Institute

Theo RigbyTheo Rigby, filmmaker, iNation Media

Ibrahim Hirsi, researcher, Immigration History Research Center

Jo Napolitano headshotJo Napolitano, immigration reporter and author

Marcela Simpson, bilingual education specialist

Technical requirements: 

  • An internet connection
  • Speakers or phone
    • To join by phone, download the free Zoom app for iPhone or Android prior to the webinar.
    • You may be prompted to authorize a Zoom plug-in

This is the latest free webinar hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute. View recordings and resources from past webinars on immigrant integration, education and research including our 2021 Immigrant Student Success online workshop.

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