TITLE: From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
SPEAKER: Steven Roberts
EVENT DATE: 2009/11/16
RUNNING TIME: 51 minutes
New York Times best-selling author Steven V. Roberts follows the stories of 13 families in his poignant, eye-opening look at immigration in "From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America" (HarperCollins, 2009). What it means to be an immigrant in this nation of immigrants is the central issue that Roberts tackles as he tells the stories of people who have come here from nations such as China, Afghanistan, Mexico and Sierra Leone. Although much remains the same for newcomers today as it has for generations of immigrants to America, much has also changed. According to Roberts, today's immigrant families maintain strong ties to their homeland and are able to communicate more easily and cheaply using technologies such as cell phones and e-mail that were never available to older generations. Roberts also notes that the attacks of 9/11 and the recent wave of undocumented workers have changed Americans' perceptions of the value of immigrants to society.
Speaker Biography: Steven Roberts is a New York Times best-selling author and veteran journalist.
SERIES: Books & Beyond