Spring 2010

Virtually Sacred: Pilgrimage and Memory in the Internet Age
Dr. Maryellen Collett (Theology)

Chaucer's Pilgrimage: Remembering Canterbury
Dr. Dawn Walts (English)

Ancient Pilgrimage Narratives
Dr. Clare Rothschild (Theology)

Consciousness and Memory in the Modernist Novel
Dr. Michael Cunningham (English)
Dr. Nancy Workman (English)
Dr. Wallace Ross (English)

Mythical Memories of Immigration: The Collective Amnesia of the Americas
Dr. Eileen McMahon (History)

Southern Response to Civil Rights in the 1960's: Memory and Memorial
Dr. Cathy Ayers (Communication)

Armenia in Turkish Collective Memory and View from the Left and Right in Guatemala
Dr. William Malone (History)
Dr. James Tallon (History)

Hiroshima, Mon Amour [film]
Dr. Christopher Wielgos (English)

A Psychological Perspective on the Experience and Meaning of Memory in a Case of Childhood Abuse
Dr. Clare Lawlor (Psychology)

Recovering Family History through Memories
Br. Joseph Martin (President's Office)

Last Year at Marienbad [film]
Dr. Christopher Wielgos (English)

MusicBYTES: Memory
Dr. Mike McFerron (Music)

Night and Fog
Dr. Christopher Wielgos (English)

Remembering Heroes and Heroines: Telling Their Stories
Br. Armand Alcazar (Theology)

Monumental Memory: Ethnicity in Chicago
Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin (Loyola University Chicago, History)

Mythical Memories of Immigration: The Collective Amnesia of the Americas

February 18, 2010

The experience of immigration is one of dislocation and adjustment. 19th century first generation immigrants, like immigrants in general, formed social groups, schools, newspapers and associations to keep the language and customs of the 'home country.' Integration into American society was a slow process but this initial phase of the immigrant experience is often forgotten as Americans deal with new immigration waves in the 20th century.

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Eileen McMahon Eileen McMahon is Associate Professor of History. Her area of expertise is U.S. Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race. “Mythical Memories of Immigration” presents issues in U.S. immigration in a historical context arguing that current issues have always been a part of American history and immigrants today are not different than their predecessors.

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Lewis University Department of History

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