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Once Upon an American Dream: A Panel Series Exploring the Stages of the Immigrant Experience in America: Migration, Arrival, and Integration

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Our first panel will take place as a virtual happy hour on May 7, 2020, and explores “Why People Migrate and How Are They Received: A Historical Perspective.” Arriving immigrants have traditionally received a great deal of support from other immigrants, as well as from their local communities. How does this support, or lack thereof, shape their experiences and their trajectory for success in America? How does this compare to the experiences of immigrants past?

This panel series explores issues core to the Heurich House Museum’s mission. Christian Heurich’s life embodied a rags-to-riches story where an immigrant’s spirit of creative entrepreneurship yielded success and a family legacy. Yet, the journey to achieve the American Dream comes in many forms and depends on many factors, from gender and race to education and training, opportunity and luck. Grab your favorite cocktail or “mocktail” and join the Heurich House and the Bipartisan Policy Center on Zoom as we dive into these questions. Panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.

This virtual event is free, but suggested donations are appreciated to support both organizations.  

Join us on Zoom.

Featured Participants:

Alan M. Kraut
Professor of History, American University; Non-Resident Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

Abel Nuñez
Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Theresa Cardinal Brown
Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center – Moderator

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