Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brown Library - Historical program about immigration scheduled Oct. 3

James V. Brown Library
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Popular historian John Maietta will return to the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., to present the program, “E Pluribus Unum: How immigration made the United States,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.

As the current election season shows, immigration is a hot topic on the American political scene: foreign-born residents now make up a near-record 14 percent of the U.S. population, according to Pew Research Center.

This program steps back from recent controversies to take a broad look at the history of immigration to the United States. From the indentured servants of the Colonial era, to the peasants and working poor of 19th-century Europe, to the war refugees and high-tech entrepreneurs of today, seekers of freedom and economic opportunity have been drawn to America for more than 300 years. Collectively, they forged the unique sense of identity which is idealized – if not always honored – in the nation’s official motto, E Pluribus Unum: “Out of many, one.”

Maietta is a native of Williamsport and retired from a lifelong public relations career in 2010.  For many years he operated a successful freelance business in the Harrisburg area, while simultaneously serving as a public affairs officer with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Starting in 2002, he completed numerous active-duty assignments with the U.S. Army, including long-term deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Germany and Iraq. In 2014 he received a master’s degree in applied history from Shippensburg University. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at York College of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a course on the foundations of Western civilization. He is also a popular presenter of public lectures on a wide variety of cultural and historical topics.

This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania public libraries support the PA Forward Initiative by providing civic and social literacy opportunities for learning.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing.  Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit to register or call 570-326-0536.

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