Sixty Plus Lecture: “A Short Overview of American Immigration”

When: February 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

“A Short Overview of American Immigration” – Douglas Kenning, Ph. D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Every American, except Native Americans, descends from folks who came ashore welcomed with hostility by previous arrivals. In this talk, we will scan that story from Spanish seeking to exploit “the Land of Flowers”; through aggressive English seeking profit; Africans driven here by whips; Germans wishing to be left alone; Irish escaping famine; Sicilians forced here by poverty; Jews by hatred and on and on . . . . It is a story with no ending, for American remains the permanently unfinished country.

Douglas Kenning has taught different aspects of Western civilization at universities in Tunisia, Japan, Italy and the US. He has also been a professional biologist, actor, army officer, taxi driver, academic administrator and author. He lives half the year in the Bay Area and half the year in Siracusa, Sicily, where he runs Sicily Tours, leading intellectual and mythically focused tours.

Premiere Membership required [(pro-rated in December to $55 ($30 for anyone with any other current OLLI membership)].

Sixty Plus welcomes you to check out the program once or twice, only ask that you sign in as a guest. You can also RSVP ahead of time with Eileen Ward at

The meeting will be held in The Rosa Parks Room, Cesar Chavez Student Center at 1:00 p.m.

SF State Main Campus