NYU Professor Hasia Diner Discusses Great Century of Migration in Conjunction with Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience Exhibit

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For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2011
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
NYU Professor Hasia Diner Discusses Great Century of Migration in Conjunction with Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience Exhibit

Hasia Diner discusses the great century of migration on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Diner will discuss the period, from the 1820s to the 1920s, during which one-third of Europe's Jews left their homes to seek places in other lands. Of that number, 85-90 percent opted for the U.S. Diner examines the characteristics of American life that attracted the emigrating Jews.

Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg professor of American Jewish History at New YorkUniversity. This program is funded in part by the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust and the Avashia Family Fund.

This presentation complements the Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience exhibit on display through October 14 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Lazarus is best known for her iconic 1883 poem "The New Colossus" - the words to which are engraved on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.