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LECTURE- Mark Krikorian - The New Case Against Immigration, ALMA, Oct. 8
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Immigration Expert Mark Krikorian Presents His Controversial Book at
the Armenian Library and Museum of America 10/8/08
WHO: Mark Krikorian, author and executive director of the Center for
Immigration Studies in Washington D.C.
WHAT: Book presentation on The New Case Against Immigration, Both
Legal and Illegal
WHEN: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
WHERE: Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main, Street,
Watertown, Mass. 02472
PR & Membership Outreach Coordinator
Armenian Library & Museum of America, Inc.
Phone: 617.926.2562 x 4
For decades immigration policy has been one of the most heavily
debated issues in the United States, and Mark Krikorian one of the
most frequently quoted immigration experts offers a very
controversial solution: stop immigration entirely, both legal and illegal.
Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in
Washington D.C., will present his first book The New Case Against
Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal (released by Sentinel, June 2008)
at the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) in Watertown,
Mass. on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. The book talk and signing will
take place at 7 p.m. in ALMAs Contemporary Art Gallery. The program
is sponsored by the Armenian Library of America, a subsidiary of ALMA.
In his book Krikorian argues that America must permanently reduce
immigration or face enormous problems in the near future. According
to Krikorian, immigration threatens to destroy the common national
identity, limit opportunities for upward mobility, strain resources
for social programs, and disrupt middle class norms of behavior in America.
Krikorian believes todays immigrants, while similar to those who
arrived a century ago, are coming to a very different America one
where changes in the economy, society and government create
fundamentally different incentives for newcomers. Before the upheavals
of the 1960s, the U.S. expected immigrants from around the world to
earn a living, learn English, and become patriotic Americans. But
since the rise of identity politics, political correctness, and Great
Society programs, Krikorian says we no longer make these demands.
So as the politicians debate various kinds of amnesty for illegal
aliens, Krikorian argues they are missing the bigger picture: the
impact of large-scale settlement of all kinds of immigrants, whether
legal or illegal, skilled or unskilled, European or Latin or Asian or
The community is invited to Krikorian's book presentation, which will
be followed by a reception. ALMA requests that attendance is
confirmed by October 6, 2008. To do so, please contact ALMA offices
by calling (617) 926-2562 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
information about the event please visit www.almainc.org
Founded in 1971, ALMA's mission is to present and preserve the
culture, history, art and contributions of the Armenian people to
Americans and Armenians alike. Since its inception, ALMAs collection
has grown to over 27,000 books and 20,000 artifacts, making it perhaps
the largest and most diverse holding of Armenian cultural artifacts
outside of Armenia. As a repository for heirlooms, the collection now
represents a major resource not only for Armenian studies research,
but as well as for preservation and illustration of the Armenian
heritage. In 1988, ALMA acquired a 30,000 square foot facility in
Watertown, MA one of North Americas oldest and most active Armenian
communities. The facility includes exhibition galleries, Library,
administrative offices, function hall, climate-controlled vaults and
Armenian Museum of America (subdivision of ALMA) is the only
independent Armenian Museum in the Diaspora funded solely through
contributions of individual supporters. An active Board of Trustees
and volunteer base augments the museums staff. The Museum and Gallery
maintains an active schedule of changing exhibits. In addition, the
Museum sponsors lecture and presentation program on Armenian-related
topics. The Mesrop Boyajian Library (subdivision of ALMA) is used
primarily by researchers and interested general public seeking
research materials on Armenians.
Museum & Gallery Hours: Friday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Library Hours: Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission for ALMA members; $5 for non-members; $2 for
students; children 12 and under are free.
Driving Directions: Take route 95 to 128 to 90 (Mass Pike East)
towards Watertown. Take exit 17-Watertown/Newton. Go North 1 mile
towards Watertown Square. As you cross the small bridge, get into the
2 left lanes. Turn left onto Main Street. Turn right onto Church
Street, and then turn right into the municipal parking lot.
MBTA Buses: 71, 70/70A, 57, 52, 59, 502, 504. Please visit
www.mbta.com for schedules and maps.
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