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"The Strange and Curious History of the Illegal Alien" Subject of Lecture

Historian Evelyn Hu-DeHart will present a talk at Pomona College titled, “The Strange and Curious History of the Illegal Alien,” on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

Hu-DeHart will explore the story about how the term “illegal alien” came into popular culture; how history has forgotten, distorted and manipulated that story; and how that story ties into the formation of America’s self-image as an immigrant nation. She will examine how, with China and Mexico looming large on American’s horizons, a clear understanding of the “illegal alien” will help define America’s position in the world.

Hu-DeHart’s publications include Across The Pacific: Asian Americans and Globalization (2000) and Missionaries, Miners, and Indians: Spanish Contact With the Yaqui Nation of Northwestern New Spain, 1533-1820 (1981). Her areas of current research are Asian Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the politics of multiculturalism.

She teaches at Brown University and is director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them are two Fulbrights to Brazil and Peru and the Kellogg National Leadership Award. She is the founder of the Asian/Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute.

For more information, contact: or (909) 607-8035.

This event is sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, and funded by the R. Stanton Avery Lectureship Fund.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.