Reform @ 50: Colombian Migrations and Identities in NYC since 1965
Presented by the Center for Traditional Music & Dance

Jorge Arevalo Mateus, Ph.D.

Dr. Jorge Arevalo Mateus, Ph.D.

The Hart-Cellar, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, fundamentally changed the demographics of our nation. Still the foundation of immigration law today, the legislation brought in tens of millions of people from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean, phasing out the 1920s quota system, which had sealed the borders to everyone but northern Europeans. This program looks at the contributions of the Colombian immigrants, and how they might illuminate the current discussion of immigration reform. The program presents a lecture by ethnomusicologist and FolkCOLOMBIA Musica y Danza project director Dr. Jorge Arevalo Mateus (Center for Traditional Music and Dance), with a performance by Colombian musician and marimba de chonta player Diego Obregon.

 

Feature Image: Diego Obregon Live at La Terraza 7, Photo by Sergio Reyes