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Curious People Series: Immigration and Nationalism - What Difference Does Religion Make?
EVENT TYPE: Zoom and In-person

Religious traditions have a lot to say about hospitality and the movement of people, and yet religious people in the United States hold a wide variety of ideas and attitudes about immigrants and refugees. This talk will discuss recent scholarship on religion, immigration, and nationalism in the United States, as well as community-engaged research that may provide a more nuanced picture of how religious people relate their beliefs and traditions to their perceptions of immigrants and refugeeReligious traditions have a lot to say about hospitality and the movement of people, and yet religious people in the United States hold a wide variety of ideas and attitudes about immigrants and refugees. This talk will discuss recent scholarship on religion, immigration, and nationalism in the United States, as well as community-engaged research that may provide a more nuanced picture of how religious people relate their beliefs and traditions to their perceptions of immigrants and refugees.


The 2021-22 Curious People Series events spotlight a diverse array of UNO faculty whose research or creative activity is deeply linked to the community. We call this type of work "Engaged Research" or the "Scholarship of Engagement" -- and it's happening all across campus and in our community. Engaged Research plays an important role at Metropolitan Universities like UNO, as it is defined by collaboration, community partnerships, and tangible contributions to the public good.

Feb 7, 2022 05:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Laura Alexande, Ph.D.
Community Chair in Human Rights @UNO Goldstein Center for Human Rights
Laura Alexander, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the UNO College of Arts and Science, and holds the Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights at UNO. She is co-editor of the volume The Meaning of My Neighbor’s Faith: Interreligious Reflections on Immigration; her published articles include an examination of religious freedom claims made by those who provide humanitarian aid to immigrants and a comparison of Sikh and Christian teachings and practices on hospitality to refugees.