Heads Up For This Year's Taft Lecture!

Mae Ngai

Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University, is the History Department's Taft Departmental Lecturer for the 2013-14 academic year. Her visit is being co-sponsored by the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights in the College of Law. Her talks will take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 17-18 October 2013. Time and place to be announced. 

Professor Ngai is the author of award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). Her current work about which she will speak when she visits, titled Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, is a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth century California, the British colony of Victoria in Australia, and the South African Transvaal. Before becoming a historian, she was a labor union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education.