Adelphi History Department Holds 38th Annual High School Social Studies and History Teacher’s Conference on April 4, 2011

The free conference at Adelphi for High School History teachers will feature a Pulitzer Prize-winning speaker, presentations from faculty, and an open forum.

Garden City, NY, March 02, 2011 --( The Adelphi University Department of History will hold its 38th Annual Adelphi History Conference on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY. This year’s topic is “Teaching Immigration.” The free conference will feature a Pulitzer Prize-winning keynote speaker, presentations from Adelphi faculty, and an open forum on how to teach immigration.

The keynote speech to be delivered by Assistant Professor Dr. Mirta Ojito is entitled “Immigrants and Their Tales: Personalizing Immigration.” Dr. Ojito joined the New York Times staff in 1996 and was a member of the New York Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for national reporting with a series entitled “How Race is Lived in America.” In 1999, she won a Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors for foreign reporting on stories about Cuba. Dr. Ojito’s first book, Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus, based upon her experience as a Mariel boatlift refugee, was published in 2005 by the Penguin Press.

After Dr. Ojito’s presentation, Adelphi faculty members who have published on immigration will talk. Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Margaret Gray will present, “Connecting Food and Immigration” and Professor of History and Director of Adelphi’s African, Black, and Caribbean Studies program, Dr. Marsha J. Darling, will present on “Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies.” Lastly, an open forum on teaching immigration will offer everyone in attendance an opportunity to share their challenges, successes, and failures in teaching the subject.

Those wishing to attend must pre-register by March 23. To pre-register or obtain more information about this event, please email Michael Christofferson, Chair of the History Department, at

About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs - The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work - the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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