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From the Director

Greetings from the IHRC!

This is a busy time for us at the IHRC. Our offices are filled with researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students working on our community-based research project, Immigrant Stories: Digital Stories by Immigrants and Refugees. Launched in 2012, Immigrant Stories works with immigrant and refugges to create first-person multimedia digital stories and makes them publicly accessible for researchers, educators, community members, and students. In 2013-2014, the IHRC trained over 80 students and community members in oral history and digital storytelling methodologies to create their own Immigrant Stories. This year, the project is bigger and better than ever. Our new partnership with the Minnesota Digital Library and the University Libraries allows us to expand our community outreach and increase our accessibility through the Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

2015 will be even more exciting. It is our 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act, which ushered in the most recent arrivals of immigrants to the United States. We will mark both anniversaries with an international conference titled: "Immigrant America: New Immigration Histories from 1965 to 2015." Co-sponsored with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, we will welcome speakers and participants to campus on October 23-24, 2015. The IHRC Archives will also open an exhibit highlighting the IHRC and Archives' fifty years.

Our regular Global, Race, Ethnicity, and Migration lecture series continues to bring in researcher and students into the IHRC, and we continue to organize symposia connecting immigration in the past to connect U.S. immigration history research to issues affecting contemporary immigrant and refugee communities.

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Erika Lee
Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History
Director, Immigration History Research Center