The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture In American History Presents Erika Lee
University of Minnesota Professor Erika Lee, one of the nation’s leading historians of immigration and Asian American history, will present this year’s A. Scott Bullitt Lecture: “A History of American Xenophobia from Japanese American Incarceration to the ‘Muslim Ban’.” As central as immigration is to U.S. history, Erika Lee posits that the U.S. continues to be a nation of xenophobia. Lee argues that our fear and hatred of foreigners has been an American tradition since the colonial era and has continually compromised and even irreparably damaged our values and our democracy.
Tonight she traces the evolution of contemporary xenophobia from the World War Two incarceration of Japanese Americans to the current administration's travel ban in this incredibly timely and relevant event. After her lecture, Dr. Lee will appear in conversation with Tom Ikeda, co-founder and Executive Director of Densho.org. Erika Lee is the author of The Making of Asian America: A History (Simon & Schuster)
Presented by SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION, DENSHO & THE ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
Free/no tickets are necessary.