The Cornwall Public Library will be hosting a presentation on Immigration in the library community room. West Point Visiting Professor, Stephanie Hinnershitz, will speak on American Ethnic and Immigration History both past and present, beginning her presentation with a reading of the iconic poem, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus.
Stephanie Hinnershitz is currently a visiting professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is on leave for the 2017-2018 academic year from her position as an assistant professor in the Department of History at Cleveland State University where she teaches courses on American immigration and political history. Hinnershitz received her Ph.D. in American Ethnic and Immigration history from the University of Maryland in 2013 and specializes in twentieth century immigration and Asian American history. Her first book, Race, Religion, and Civil Rights: Asian Students on the West Coast, 1900-1968, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2015, and her most recent book, A Different Shade of Justice: Asian American Civil Rights in the South, was recently published by UNC Press. Dr. Hinnershitz also teaches citizenship courses for immigrants in Cleveland and works with refugee mentoring and outreach groups.