Calendar of Events

Back to event listings

Guest Lecture: Dr. Erika Lee, "Xenophobia in America"

  • Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom

Click here to join via Zoom.

A Civic Sustainability Event: Partnering with our community to strengthen the "world house" we share. Learn more here.


In the popular imagination, the United States is conceived of as a nation that welcomes immigrants. Yet as award-winning author and historian Erika Lee demonstrates in America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, it is also a nation with a long history of hostility and hatred toward immigrants. Drawing on her extensive experience as a scholar of immigration history, Lee will offer reflections and facilitate a discussion on American xenophobia: its historical origins, its political power and persistence, and its threat to a more just and inclusive social order. Her conversation partners will include Todd Green, associate professor of religion and interim director of the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement; Evelyn Montoya, a sophomore majoring in anthropology and identity studies and the current president of Latines Unides; and Maria Leitz, co-founder of CARE (Collective Action for Racial Equity) and a member of Decorah’s Human Rights Commission.

Erika Lee is a Regents Professor and the Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Her views on immigration history have been featured in a variety of major media outlets, including CNN, NBC, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time. The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attended Tufts University in Massachusetts, and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She was recently elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, and was named Vice President of the Organization of American Historians.

Xenophobia in America 

Questions? Contact Todd Green, 563-387-1791