An ethnic heritage parade in Pennsylvania, shot as part of the production of the documentary "Shenandoah." (Photo by and © David Turnley.)
An ethnic heritage parade in Pennsylvania, shot as part of the production of the documentary "Shenandoah." (Photo by and © David Turnley.)
2013 CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers
"Immigration and Assimilation:
Negotiating a Place for Newcomers"
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
9:10 am
9:10-9:20 am Institute Overview
Jean Spencer, CLAS
9:20-11:00 am

Film Screening: "Shenandoah"


Shenandoah, a coal-mining town with a proud immigrant past, once fueled America’s industrial revolution. Now, it is a town in decline, and the descendants of yesterday’s European immigrants rub shoulders with the Mexican immigrants of today. Tensions come to a head when four white football players are charged in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican migrant. 97 minutes. English.

11:00-11:15 am Break
11:15-12:30 pm Immigration and Labor: An Uneasy Relationship

Americans constantly refer to our country as “a nation of immigrants,” suggesting that we all came willingly and easily. While more people recognize that many immigrant groups met with discrimination, less understood is that America managed its transition from an agrarian economy to an industrial one because of immigration. Understanding the relationship between industry’s historic desire for cheaper labor and the willingness of so many to seek a better life would help us view today’s immigration debate in historical context.

Maria Echaveste, Lecturer, the Berkeley Law School; policy consultant; and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff (1998-2001)

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch provided by CLAS
2:45 pm

Death on Both Sides of the Border

This talk will discuss the film in light of the militarization of the rhetoric regarding immigration reform in the context of the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Alex Saragoza, Associate Professor of History, Department of Ethnic Studies,   UC Berkeley

3:00 pm
3:00-4:00 pm

Discussion: Intergroup Bias and the Slippery Slope of Evil

Human beings are social creatures that naturally form groups. Once a group has formed, its members prefer one another to others outside the group. Does this preference grease “the slippery slope of evil” as defined by Philip Zimbardo?

Jean Spencer, Outreach and Publications Coordinator, Center for Latin American Studies



Other Outreach Events

2012 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Supply, Demand and César Chávez"

2011 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Remembering the Mexican-American War"

2010 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Six Degrees of Diego Rivera"

2009 Summer Institute for Teachers

"The Octopus and the Banana: United Fruit in Latin America"

2008 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Empire to Empire: The Americas in the Age of Exploration"

2007 Summer Institute for Teachers

"From Crude to Cane: Energy Policy in Latin America"

2006 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Remembering Alta California, Remaking the Past "

2004 Summer Institute for Teachers

"The Making of Modern Cuba"

2003 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Ten Years After NAFTA: How Has Globalization Affected Mexico?"

2002 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Mexico in the 20th Century:
Themes of the History Curriculum








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