Sept. 12, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that Dr. K. Scott Wong, a professor of history at Williams College, will present MCLA’s annual Constitution Day lecture. His talk, titled “American Immigration History: A Story of Ideals and Contradictions,” will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, in Murdock Hall room 218.

This event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Wong will draw on this experience and expertise to help put current immigration controversies – such as family separation, the travel ban and the proposed expanded border wall – in historical perspective. What can United States history teach us about current immigration politics and policies?

Wong is the Charles R. Keller Professor of History and Public Affairs and the Schumann Fellow for Democratic Studies at Williams College, where he teaches a variety of courses in Asian American history, American immigration history, the history of the American West, history and memory, and American studies.

He has written numerous articles in journals and anthologies and is the co-editor, along with Sucheng Chan, of “Claiming America: Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era” (Temple, 1998). Most recently, he published “Americans First: Chinese Americans and the Second World War” (Harvard University Press, 2005).

For more information on the talk, please contact Assistant Professor of Political Science David Cupery at or (413) 662-5493. For more information on the speaker, go to

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