RVCC History Professor Accepted to Prestigious Summer Program

Dr. Lauren H. Braun-Strumfels of Lambertville, an Instructor of History at Raritan Valley Community College, has been accepted as one of 16 participants in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “The Cross Border Connection,” to be held at the University of California at Los Angeles. The five-week program, which runs from mid-June to mid-July, is directed by Roger Waldinger, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA. The seminar will include reading and discussing foundational works of scholarship in migration studies taken from history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and borderlands studies. Participants also will present their current work on migration studies. Dr. Braun-Strumfels will present her book proposal and sample chapter focusing on the littleknown Office of Labor Information and Protection for Italians, which operated at Ellis Island in the mid-1890s. Her scholarly work builds on research conducted while she was an affiliated fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Seminar participants also will participate in several unique field trips, including trips to the U.S.- Mexico border, led by U.S. Border Patrol agents, as well as to Los Angeles’ ethnic neighborhoods and community centers. They also will collaborate with scholars at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a research center in Mexico. For additional information, visit http://international.ucla.edu/migration/summerseminars/home.