Schedule of Events

Friday, March 31

7:30 PM: D.H. Hill Library, Erdahl Cloyd Wing. Dr. Gabaccia will screen the film, “Last Train Home,” a documentary that follows the annual New Year’s holiday journey of a Chinese migrant couple from their grueling city jobs back to the family they left behind in their home village. Following the screening, there will be a short Q& A session with Dr. Gabaccia.

Saturday, April 1

9:30 AM: Coffee and Bagels, Withers Hall Lobby

10:00 AM: Main Event, Withers Hall 232A


David Zonderman, Head, History Department

Tom Birkland, Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Donna Gabaccia, Professor of History, University of Toronto. “Where are the Nations of Immigrants? A Historian Talks to the 21st Century.” Dr. Gabaccia will explore the question of why long histories of migration produce so few nations of immigrants. And in our mobile times, can the American nation of immigrants serve as a model for other countries?

12:00 PM: Book Signing (books may be purchased in advance or on site)

Gabaccia, Donna and Donato, Katharine. Gender and International Migration: From the Slavery Era to the Global Age. New York Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2015. 

Gabaccia, Donna. Foreign Relations: Global Perspectives on American Immigration.  Princeton University Press, 2012.

Events are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to reserve space.

Please contact Ingrid Hoffius at (919) 513-2313 with any questions. 


Donna Gabaccia is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and past Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of 14 books and dozens of articles on immigrant class, gender and food studies in the United States, on Italian migration around the world, and on migration in world history. Her 2015 book Gender and International Migration, co-authored with sociologist and demographer Katharine Donato, was awarded an Honourable Mention from the American Sociological Association’s Znaniecki Prize.  Her previous book, Foreign Relations won the 2012 Theodore Saloutos Prize of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. Her work in public history earned her the 2013 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award for Faculty and the 2012 Society of American Archivists, Hamer-Kegan Award for the Immigration History Research Center Project, “Digitizing Immigrant Letters.” She is currently Chair of the Executive Board of the Toronto Ward Museum. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in History and Women’s Studies, focusing on migration, gender and diasporas in world history, digital history, and gendered foodways.

Read & Discuss Brown Bag Series and Recommend Reading

 March 22, 2017 – D.H. Hill Library Assembly Room

Read & Discuss Brown Bag: D Gabaccia, “Nations of Immigrants: Do Words Matter?” 

Additional Recommended Reading

Mike Flynn and Shikha Dalmia, “What Part of Legal Immigration Don’t You Understand?

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