Professor Anna Pegler-Gordon discusses the role of photography in shaping immigration policy and the perception of sociocultural issues. After her lecture, Pegler-Gordon will moderate a panel discussion with Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York chapter of the ACLU, the Migration Policy Institute’s Muzaffar Chishti, and other legal scholars and policymakers. The conversation will consider contemporary US immigration policy, forced removal and detention, incarceration, surveillance, and civil liberties.

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Professor Anna Pegler-Gordon’s teaching and research interests include: immigration, race, citizenship, visual culture, and popular culture. At Michigan State University, she has taught courses in Asian American history, immigration policy, comparative race and ethnic relations, and US racial and immigration history. Pegler-Gordon has received fellowships for her teaching and research, including national awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Japanese Association for American Studies, and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. She has received a teacher-scholar award, as well as an Intramural Research Grant Program (IRGP) grant and a Lilly Teaching Fellowship. During her recent research leave, Pegler-Gordon was a visiting research fellow at the University of London School of Advanced Study (2008) and was one of two scholars selected nationally for a teaching residency in Japan (2009). Her American Quarterly article, “Chinese Exclusion, Photography, and the Development of US Immigration Policy,” was selected for inclusion as the lead essay in Best American History Essays 2008. Her first book, In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of US Immigration Policy (University of California Press, 2009), won the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s 2009 Theodore Saloutus prize “for the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration history of the United States.” Pegler-Gordon is currently researching her second book, a study of Asian immigrants at Ellis Island.

Donna Lieberman has been executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union since December 2001.

Under Lieberman's leadership, the NYCLU has expanded the scope and depth of its work, supplementing litigation with an aggressive legislative advocacy and a field-organizing program. As a result, the organization is widely recognized as the state's leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality, advocating for those whose rights and liberties have been denied.

Lieberman began her public interest legal career as a criminal defense lawyer in the South Bronx office of the Legal Aid Society, and she later acted as executive director of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys.

Muzaffar Chishti, a lawyer, is director of Migration Policy Institute at New York University School of Law. His work focuses on US immigration policy at the federal, state, and local levels; the intersection of labor and immigration law; immigration enforcement; civil liberties; and immigrant integration. Prior to joining MPI, Chishti was director of the Immigration Project of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees (UNITE). Chishti serves on the boards of the National Immigration Law Center, New York Immigration Coalition, and the Asian American Federation. He is a 1994 recipient of the New York State Governor’s Award for Outstanding Asian Americans and a 1995 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Chishti was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi; the University of Delhi; Cornell Law School; and the Columbia School of International Affairs.

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