Remaking the Mainstream: Immigrant Integration or Segregation in Rural America

April 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
St. Mary's Hall
47458 Trinity Church Rd
St Marys City, MD 20686
Center for the Study of Democracy
(240) 895-4215

This event takes place in the Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Unprecedented immigration has transformed rural and small-town America.  Immigrants have provided a demographic lifeline for declining rural communities, but also have raised new questions about cultural fragmentation and contentious racial and ethnic relations.  Keynote Speaker Professor Daniel T. Lichter from Cornell University will highlight recent patterns of rural demographic and economic change.  He will also discuss the major obstacles to cultural and economic integration of rural immigrants into mainstream American life, and outline a path forward amidst growing anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of nationalism.  Matthew R. Peters, Director of Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center will discuss various aspects of the immigrant community of Easton, Maryland; the dramatic demographic shifts that have occurred over the past decade in many towns on the Eastern Shore; and the stories driving this shift.  Before working at the resource center, Matthew worked and lived for 13 years in rural Guatemala.  In his current position, he has heard stories of over 2,000 immigrants on the Eastern Shore.

This event is organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  It is part of the Center’s St Mary’s County Oral History Project that was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.

The Center for the Study of Democracy is a joint initiative between Historic St. Mary’s City, and our partner, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.