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A Century of Targeting Immigrants: From the Red Scare to the Travel Ban

November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am6:00 pm

The New York Law School Law Review presents a full-day symposium:

A Century of Targeting Immigrants:
From the Red Scare to the Travel Ban

Friday, November 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Lunch will be provided)

New York Law School, Auditorium
185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013


Join historians, legal scholars, and leading attorneys for an all-day symposium exploring the historical and legal treatment of immigrants, from the 1919 Red Scare raids seeking to deport immigrant radicals to contemporary threats to immigrants’ rights.

The keynote speaker is David Cole, National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union and author of many books including Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (Free Press, 2003).

The group Voices of a People’s History of the United States will perform excerpts related to Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book.

Co-sponsored by the Safe Passage Project and the NYLS Impact Center for Public Interest Law


Lenni Benson, Professor, New York Law School; Founder and Senior Advisor, Safe Passage Project

David D. Cole, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union (Keynote Speaker)

Alina Das, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law

Beverly Gage, Professor of History and American Studies, and the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, Yale University

Thai Jones, Herbert H. Lehman Curator for U.S. History, Columbia University

Kunal Parker, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Edward A. Purcell Jr., Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, NYLS

Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Former President, ACLU

Claire R. Thomas, Adjunct Professor, NYLS

Anna Elena Torres, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

Jean-Michel Voltaire ’03, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Michael Willrich, Leff Families Professor of History, Brandeis University


9:30 a.m. (Registration)

10:00 a.m. (Welcome)
A Century of Targeting Immigrants
Professor Lenni B. Benson

10:30 a.m. (Panel One)
The Historian’s Perspective
The Red Scare of 1919
Moderated by Professor Edward A. Purcell Jr.

12:15 p.m. (Keynote and Lunch)
Keynote Address: David D. Cole
Introduction by Professor Nadine Strossen

2:00 p.m (Break)

2:15 p.m. (Panel Two)
The Current State of Immigrant Affairs
Moderated by Professor Lenni B. Benson

3:45 p.m (Break)

4:00 p.m. (Play and Film)
Reading of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States & Film Presentation.

5:15 p.m. (Closing Remarks)
Professor Lenni B. Benson and the Safe Passage Project

5:30 p.m. (Reception and Investiture)
Wine and Cheese



November 8, 2019
10:00 am–6:00 pm
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New York Law School Law Review
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