Entries by Adam Strom

Educator Spotlight: Sara Ahmed, Teaching The Arrival

  Educator Spotlight: Teaching the Arrival Welcome to the first of our occasional educator spotlights. In this series, we will highlight great teachers using great resources to explore issues related to migration with students. For this first post, we reached out to Sara Ahmed, the Author of the Heinemann Publishing book Upstanders: How to Engage […]

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 […]

Why Teach about Migration?

The story of migration is the story of humankind. The genetic and paleontological record of human migration is at least 70,000 years old. Researchers know that all of us can trace our ancestry to Southern Africa, while some homo sapiens migrated across Africa and stayed, others ventured out to the Asia, Australia, Europe, and eventually to the Americas. This is our shared experience.

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 […]