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Experts discuss "Migration in the Great Lakes Borderland"

Feb. 1, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Visiting scholars Dr. Bruno Ramirez and Dr. John J. Bukowczyk join Dr. Nora Faires of the history faculty at Western Michigan University to discuss "Migration in the Great Lakes Borderland" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center. A reception follows the presentation, which is free of charge and open to the public.

Thursday's presentation will be a roundtable discussion of the vast mingling of people that continues to shape society on both sides of the Great Lakes international divide.

In addition, Ramirez, a filmmaker as well as an historian, will discuss his wide-ranging work at a brown bag lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

Ramirez is a professor of history at the University of Montreal. Among his publications are "Crossing the 49th Parallel: Emigration form Canada to the USA, 1900-1930" and "On the Move: French Canadians and Italian Migrants in the North Atlantic Economy."

Bukowczyk is a professor of history and director of the Canadian Studies Program at Wayne State University, where he is also editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History. His most-recent book is "Permeable Border: The Great Lakes Basin as Transnational Region, 1650-1990," which he co-authored with Faires, an associate professor of history at WMU. Faires is also the author of the forthcoming article "Going Across the River: Black Canadians and Detroit Before the Great Migration."

The programs are sponsored by WMU Canadian Studies.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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