9 am – 10 am: “Talking Texts”
A reading of narratives by the college’s students recounting their own immigrant experiences and those from literary texts, organized by June Bobb, professor of English.
10 am – 11:45 am: Panel discussion by faculty experts on “The Current Immigration to Queens and its Literary Expressions”
Andrew Beveridge: Professor of sociology and well-known authority on recent social and demographic trends affecting New York and the United States as well as applications of computer-based demographic mapping. His presentation will explore the latest demographic studies of new immigrants to Queens.
Fred Buell: Professor of English. His topic, “Globalization and Immigration,” will examine how worldwide population shifts from the 1970’s to the present have altered the meaning of immigration in the U.S, from a cultural and practical standpoint.
Madhulika Khandelwal: Professor of Urban Studies, director of the Asian/American Center and an expert on Indian communities. Her presentation will focus on “Becoming American: The Process of Immigrants’ Adaptation to American Life.”
Pyong Gap Min: Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, Min is a specialist on immigration, ethnicity and Asian American, particularly Korean, culture. Min will address the impact of Asian culture, especially grocery stores and restaurants, on other nationalities in Flushing.
Bette Weidman, moderator: Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies, who has taught numerous courses on immigration in literature.
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: “Crossing the BLVD”: A multimedia performance by Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer based on their critically acclaimed book about recent immigrants to Queens. “Crossing the BLVD” also includes an exhibition that will be touring throughout the U.S. (For more information, visit www.crossingtheblvd.org).
1:30 pm – 3 pm: Lunch and Informal Q&A Discussion Session with Sloan and Lehrer.