A conversation to examine social suspension that is citizenship in America. While the law guarantees equality and protection of rights and opportunities, the underrepresented minority population of our imperfect melting pot continues to struggle for acceptance.


Chair, Willard R. Johnson, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, MIT

Melissa Nobles, Professor of Political Science, MIT
From slave to citizen: the Africanā€American quest for full equality Professor Nobles discusses the combination of laws and public policy with social movements and individual activism that led to the fulfillment of citizenship for African-Americans.

Emma J. Teng, T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations and Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, MIT
Aliens inelligible for naturalization: the fight for Asian American citizenship, 1878-1952 -
Professor Teng will cover major topics including Chinese Exclusion, the formation of the Chinese Equal Rights League of America and the Japanese American Citizens League, the marital expatriation act of 1907, the naturalization act of 1918, the repeal of Chinese Exclusion and subsequent acts that removed the racial bars against the naturalization of Asian immigrants.

Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
The role of citizenship for Hispanics in US higher education -
Dean Ortiz will explore the role of citizenship of Hispanic-Americans and international Hispanics in US higher education through the individual experiences of graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and faculty at MIT.

This is part 3 of a series of Human Diversity and Social Order Forums.