Image - Detail from book cover of One Quarter of the Nation.

Past Event

Immigrants: One Quarter of the Nation

Nearly 86 million Americans are immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants. Though many authors have looked at how America changes immigrants, Nancy Foner focuses more on how immigrants have changed America. She reminds us that immigration has long had an important influence on American culture.

Today the advantages of immigration continue: rejuvenating our urban centers as well as some rural communities, strengthening the economy, fueling the growth of old industries, spurring the formation of new ones, and refining how Americans perceive race, all while playing a pivotal role in reshaping electoral politics and party alignments. Immigrants affect virtually every facet of American culture, from the music we dance to and the food we eat to the films we watch and the books we read.

The impact of immigrants over the past half century has become so much a part of everyday life in America that we sometimes fail to see it. Foner makes sure we don't forget all the positive ways in which immigrants continue to change our country.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

Speaker photo courtesy of the speaker; main image: Detail from book cover, One Quarter of the Nation.

February 15, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

Image - Nancy Foner

Nancy Foner

Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York; Author, One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America

Image - George Hammond

In Conversation with George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates


3–4 p.m. program
(all times PST)