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    Asylum Law in the United States

    Renee Redman talked about the history of Asylum Law in the United States. She argued that prior to the Refugee Act of 1980, the application process for asylum or refugee status was…

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    Immigration Reform Act and Latinos

    Professor Mariela Olivares talked about the effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 on Latinos, specifically from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. She…

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    Representative Emanuel Celler and Immigration Laws

    Rabbi Lance Sussman talked about Representative Emanuel Celler (D-NY), who served in the House from 1923 to 1973. Professor Sussman detailed Celler’s career-long fight against…

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    Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

    Professor Gabriel Chin talked about whether the initial intent of the 1965 Immigration Act was to diversify America, or if it was an unintended consequence. Professor Chin argued that…

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    Immigration Laws in the Early American Republic

    Ron Duquette portrayed Albert Gallatin and spoke about the experiences of the Swiss founding father and immigration laws in the early American republic. Geneva native Albert Gallatin…

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    Chinese Stereotypes in the Late 19th Century

    Andrew Gyory talked about the origins of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and how popular culture helped shape negative Chinese stereotypes throughout the late 19th century.  The lecture…

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    Immigration in America

    Professor Emeritus Paul Finkelman delivered the keynote address at a symposium focused on the history of immigration in America. He compares the roles of Congress, states, and the…

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    U.S. Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award

    David McCullough received the U.S. Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award and delivered remarks. Congressional leaders paid tribute to Mr. McCullough’s achievements,…

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    Dutch and English Influence on the Constitution

    Mau VanDuren talked about his book Many Heads and Many Hands: James Madison’s Search for a More Perfect Union, in which heargues that American constitutional values, such as freedom…

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    Evolution of the Joint Committee on Taxation

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Joint Committee on Taxation, tax experts discuss the evolution of the committee over the past 50 years, including the legislative process, the…

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    History of the Joint Committee on Taxation

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Joint Committee on Taxation, tax experts talked about the history of the committee over the past 50 years, including the legislative process, the…

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    Senator Blanche K. Bruce

    Speakers talked about Senator Blanche K. Bruce in honor of African-American History Month. Senator Blanche K. Bruce (R-MS) was the second African-American member of the U.S. Senate and…

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    Grant Memorial

    Michele Cohen provided an overview of the Grant Memorial, including its site, the artist who created it, the current conservation project, as well as a discussion of the Grant Memorial…

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    Constantino Brumidi and Justin Morrill

    Barbara Wolanin talked about her visit to the Justin Morrill Homestead in Vermont, her new understanding of the depth of the friendship between Constantino Brumidi and Senator Justin…

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    Albert Gallatin and the Treaty of Ghent

    Ron Duquette portrayed Albert Gallatin, Treasury Secretary from 1801-1814 and a member of the commission that negotiated the Treaty of Ghent. He spoke about the War of 1812 and the…

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    Art Conservation in the U.S. Capitol

    Christy Cunningham-Adams talked about the process of restoring original paint and paintings in the Capitol after years of over-painting and improper cleaning. She also described best…

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    Images of George Washington

    Debra Hanson spoke about the various images of George Washington in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. She spoke about how the placement, style, and narrative content of the images work…

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    History of the House Ways and Means Committee

    House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI), Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and political commentator Cokie Roberts delivered remarks at a program celebrating the history of…

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    Legacy of Henry Wirz

    Michael Vorenberg talked about the legacy of Confederate Captain Henry Wirz, who was in charge of the Andersonville Prison Camp from March 1864 to his arrest in May 1865 for war…

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    Congress and Civil War Peace Terms

    Gregory Downs talked about the role of Congress following the end of the Civil War. Professor downs said that when Congress met in December of 1865, occupation of the South,…

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