Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series 2018-10-12T14:43:44+00:00
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Becoming American Film and Discussion Series

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As part of its commitment to intercultural education, Pearl S. Buck International is proud to offer an important national program featuring films and discussions about becoming American. Open to the public, the series is designed to engage audiences through viewing and discussion of documentary films that represent diverse immigration experiences. Each discussion will be moderated by distinguished professors from Delaware Valley University:
  • Tanya Casas, PhD, Dean of the School of Business and Humanities at Delaware Valley University,  studies race and ethnic relations and politics of recognition in the Americas and has a particular interest in immigration from Latin America and the varied immigrant experiences of Latinos who come from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. She also is concerned with the political-economics of immigration and the circumstances that propel people to migrate.  Dr. Casas incorporates different aspects of the immigrant experience into her sociology and cultural anthropology courses at Delaware Valley University.
  • David Snyder, PhD, Professor of History and Academic Co-Director, Graduate Policy Studies at Delaware Valley University, specializes in the intersection of technology and national security policy. Having grown up overseas as a military dependent, he is also interested in the study of imperialism, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Along with Dr. Tanya Casas, he helped create the new graduate program in policy studies.
  • Craig Stutman, PhD, Assistant Professor of History and Policy Studies at Delaware Valley University, is a United States historian who specializes in public history, race, and ethnic relations in the United States. Dr. Stutman teaches American history through the lens of immigration history, policy, and popular culture. Dr. Stutman is also the Chair of the Toni Morrison Society’s Bench by the Road Project, an African-American public history initiative, and serves on the board of two National Register of Historic Places-designated sites (Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust in Philadelphia and Eden Cemetery, a historic African American Cemetery in Collingdale, PA).
  • Shih-chieh Su, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Delaware Valley University is a cultural and intellectual historian of modern identities.  His research has focused on the relationship among histories, memories, and identities – including global migration and the construction of an inclusive national identity in the United States.  As a newly naturalized United States citizen, involvement in this project is very important to Dr. Su.  He is eager to share his experiences and observations with a greater audience.
  • Kathy Ping, Wu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology, is a is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania with certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her research interests are exploring the lived experiences of historically marginalized communities and their interactions with prolonged exposure to multi-systemic hardships such as economic stress, poverty, and homelessness.

Becoming American is supported by the generosity of Gayle Goodman and Jim Searing.

The Century of Immigration: 1820–1924

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Sunday, October 14, 2018
3:00–5:00 PM
Cultural Center at Pearl S. Buck International
Complimentary and Registration Required

Discussion will be moderated by Tanya Casas, PhD and Craig Stutman, PhD of Delaware Valley University.

New York: A Documentary Film Episode 4, The Power and the People by Ric Burns

This documentary studies the great wave of immigration that began in the late 19th century, tripled New York’s population and transformed the city and the nation demographically, culturally, and politically.

The Jewish Americans Episode 2, A World of Their Own by David Grubin

This segment from the multi-award winning series explores the story of over two million Jews who flooded into America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fleeing poverty and oppression in Eastern Europe.

This event is at capacity. Please join us for our next film Promise & Prejudice on November 11.

Promise & Prejudice

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
3:00–5:00 PM
Cultural Center at Pearl S. Buck International
Complimentary and Registration Required

Discussion will be moderated by Craig Stutman, PhD and David Snyder, PhD of Delaware Valley University.

Welcome to Shelbyville by Kim A. Snyder

Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, this documentary takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents (whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Somalis) grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving ways of life.

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Between Two Worlds: Identity & Acculturation

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Sunday, January 13, 2019
3:00–5:00 PM
Life Sciences Building at Delaware Valley University
Complimentary and Registration Required

Discussion will be moderated by Craig Stutman, PhD and Shih-Chieh Su, PhD of Delaware Valley University.

The New Americans Episode 1: The Nigerians by Steve James
This film chronicles the struggles of an immigrant family as they flee Nigeria because of political violence, wait for years in a refugee camp, and finally adapt to life in a low-income housing project as they work to pursue the American Dream.
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Help Wanted? Immigration and Work

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Sunday, February 10, 2019
3:00–5:00 PM
Cultural Center at Pearl S. Buck International
Complimentary and Registration Required

Discussion will be moderated by Tanya Casas, PhD and David Snyder, PhD of Delaware Valley University.

Destination America Episode 1: The Golden Door by Stephen Sept and David Grubin

In this first episode from the acclaimed series on immigration, historians provide a historical context for America’s longstanding and sometimes conflicted relationship with immigrant labor.

 

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Family & Community

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
3:00–5:00 PM
Cultural Center at Pearl S. Buck International
Complimentary and Registration Required

Discussion will be moderated by Tanya Casas, PhD and Kathy Wu, PhD of Delaware Valley University.

My American Girls by Aaron Matthews

The contradictions of contemporary immigrant life in America are explored in this film, as it follows the story of a family of an immigrant family from the Dominican Republic and the conflict between the values of the first and second generations.

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Immigration and Popular Culture

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
3:00–5:00 PM
Cultural Center at Pearl S. Buck International
Complimentary and Registration Required

Discussion will be moderated by Craig Stutman, PhD and Kathy Wu, PhD of Delaware Valley University.

The Search for General Tso by Ian Cheney

This film delves into the quest of Chinese Americans to find their place in a country that often feared and persecuted them, and how food created a bridge that eventually surpassed the early immigrants’ fondest dreams of success.

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