8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 am – 9:45 am Keynote Speaker: Brown University Professor Jose Itzigsohn
10:00 am – 11:15 am Session I (6 concurrent presentations)
  • We, the People: Voices of the Immigrant City
  • The Vital Role of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Massachusetts
  • The Same or Different: Is the ‘New’ Immigration ‘New’?
  • Immigrant Communities: Teaching Their Stories
  • The Chinese Immigration Experience: National and Local History
  • Youth View Lawrence
11:30 am – 12:45 pm Session II (5 concurrent presentations)
  • Life after ICE: New Bedford’s Central Americans and the 2007 Immigration Raid
  • Immigration from the Immigrants’ Perspective: Stories from Lynn, MA
  • Collaborations and Urban Revitalization in Gateway Cities: The Working Cities Challenge Project
  • A Kaleidoscopic View of the Lawrence Immigration Experience
  • Old and New: Immigrants Making Their Way While Holding On to Their Past
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Lunch Roundtable: Focus on the "New" Immigration into Lawrence
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Session III (5 concurrent presentations)
  • Lawtown Expression
  • Resilient Minds: Stories on the Impact of Unauthorized Immigration in Massachusetts
  • Culture Matters: Cambodian Experiences in Lowell, MA
  • What Does Immigration History Bring to the Classroom?”
  • Immigrant Communities and Their Neighborhood Impacts in Historical Perspective
4:30 pm Film Showing and Closing Reception
El Taller, 275 Essex Street, Lawrence

Light refreshments, film showing, and discussion with filmmaker Ben Achtenberg, REFUGE: Caring for Survivors of Torture.

Other attractions
We will have a number of exhibitions on display in the Everett Mill on symposium day. For example,

  • Photography exhibit: The work of photographers Tony Loreti, Mary Beth Meehan, and Mario E. Quiroz-Servellón.
  • The Lewis Hine Project: Stories of the Lawrence Children, by Joe Manning
    Since 2012, this exhibit has traveled from the Everett Mill to Phillips Academy to UMass Lowell to Lawrence High School to the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen... and it will be returning to the Everett Mill for the symposium! In it, Joe Manning has pieced together the lifetimes of ten children -- subjects of 1911 Lewis Hine photographs taken in Lawrence, Massachusetts -- through detailed interviews with their extended families. He acquired many photographs and personal stories that bring Hine’s 1911 subjects to life.
  • and much more!


Tue–Fri: 9am-4pm
Sat: By appt
Sun-Mon: Closed

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6 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.