This Humanities Iowa presentation will connect the the economic, social, and political issues explored in Driven By Hope to the lives of modern migrants to Iowa. Professor Stella Burch Elias of the University of Iowa Law School will discuss modern immigration, refugees, and asylees with a focus on African immigrant populations that have settled in Iowa.
This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About the Speaker:
Stella Burch Elias teaches civil procedure, foundations of international law, immigration law, and comparative law at the University of Iowa and directs Iowa’s London Law Program. Her research involves public international and comparative law, with a focus on United States and foreign immigration and nationality laws. Prior to joining the law school faculty, she held a two-year appointment as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Elias earned her BA and MA from Oxford University and her JD from Yale Law School. Prior to law school, Professor Elias served as a diplomat in the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is an active member of the Iowa Bar.
About the Series:
Humanities Iowa has generously funded another series of presentations from visiting historians, professors, and lecturers. This year’s series will be tied to our current exhibit, Driven By Hope, which focuses on African American migration following the Civil War. The presentations are between February and July. Topics will focus on responses to migration – music, fashion, food, social responses, legal responses, and even some discussion on current migration and immigration issues. Be sure to join us for these free, engaging, and thought-provoking presentations!