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Albert & Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence

The Albert and Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence lecture program is made possible through an endowment established for Arizona State University Jewish Studies by the late Dr. Albert and Mrs. Liese Eckstein, with additional contributions from the Eckstein family and Friends of Jewish Studies. The program features annual lectures by experts - professors, authors and others - in the field of Jewish Studies.
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2020 Albert & Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence
Libby Garland, The Graduate Center, CUNY 

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Monday, January 27, 2020
Jews & Immigration: History & Moral Obligation
7 p.m. | Arizona Jewish Historical Society | 122 East Culver Street, Phoenix


 In the 1920s, the U.S. Congress passed laws designed to drastically limit the immigration of foreigners considered inferior and a threat to the nation. Many Jews, along with others targeted by immigration restrictions, entered the United States anyway, in violation of the law, with the aid of smugglers or forged documents. This lecture discusses this dramatic history and how it helps us understand our current historical moment.

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Libby Garland

Libby Garland is associate professor of history at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York and the author of After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965,  winner of the American Jewish Historical Society’s Saul Viener Book Prize and the American Historical Association’s Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in 2015.