Entries by Adam Strom

Names, Identity, and Immigration

Names play an important role in our identities. The selection or creation of a name can be an important statement of independence or connection. Often they carry family or cultural stories. Stories about changing names are often associated with the experiences of migration. A new name for a new identity in a new land. Some newcomers […]

Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus” and The Statue of Liberty

  What is the relationship between the Emma Lazarus’ poem The New Colossus to the Statue of Liberty? People can disagree about the symbolic connection between the statue, the poem, and immigration but the historical details matter. Poet Emma Lazarus was born into a New York Sephardic Jewish family in 1849. According to the National Park […]