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The Center for the History of the New America (University of Maryland, College Park), the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (University of Maryland, College Park), the Robert H. Smith School of Business (University of Maryland, College Park), and the German Historical Institute are sponsoring an event titled “Immigration and Entrepreneurship: An Interdisciplinary Conference.” This conference will take place in College Park, MD, and Washington, D.C. on September 13 and 14, 2012.
The United States has long been an immigrant society and an entrepreneurial society. This is no coincidence: immigrants launch new enterprises and invent new technologies at rates much higher than native-born Americans. As the volume of in-migration again approaches that of the "new immigration" at the turn of the twentieth century, it is time to measure how immigrants have shaped the American economy in the past, present, and future. Panels will discuss how the nation’s economic life has shaped newcomers to the United States. Interdisciplinary panels will discuss a range of topics including technology, consumerism, education, and entrepreneurs.
Key organizers and speakers include Professor David Sicilia (University of Maryland) and Hartmut Berghoff (German Historical Institute). Professor Alejandro Portes (Princeton University) will deliver a keynote speech entitled "Transnationalism, Entrepreneurship, and Development."
More information can be found at: http://newamerica.umd.edu/conferences/september2012.php
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