The Immigrant Experience in California through Literature and History




San José, CA


July 17-31, 2022


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




The institute examines how transnational immigration to California has been represented through literary, theatrical, and historical texts. Faculty include scholars as well as artists who are nationally and internationally renowned for their work on immigration. Activities include: field trips to locations around the San Francisco Bay Area, discussions with faculty, and workshop exercises designed to engage the institute texts and topics they raise. The institute offers the study of a region (the SF Bay Area), and focuses largely on Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Afghan, Filipino, and Iranian immigrant experiences in that region. Hosted by San José State University.

Project Director(s)

Matthew Spangler

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Ping Chong; Jasmin Darznik; Alberto Garcia; Glen Gendzel; Maxine Hong Kingston; Khaled Hosseini; Maria Judnick; Persis Karim; Melissa Koh; Andrew Lam; Daniel Tkach; Kinan Valdez; Luis Valdez; Sara Zatz

Grantee Institution

San José State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs