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New Title from NYU Press and the SSRC

The Children of Immigrants at School: A Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe

The Children of Immigrants at School explores the twenty-first-century consequences of immigration through an examination of how the so-called second generation is faring educationally in six countries: France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In this insightful volume, which began as a project of the SSRC’s Working Group on Education and Migration, sociologist Richard Alba and China Environment and Health Initiative director Jennifer Holdaway bring together a team of renowned social science researchers from around the globe to compare the educational achievements of children from low-status immigrant groups to those of mainstream populations in these countries, asking what we can learn from one system that can be usefully applied in another.

Working from the results of a five-year, multinational study, the contributors ultimately conclude that educational processes do, in fact, play a part in creating unequal status for the next generation in these societies. The comparative nature of the book highlights features of each system that hinder the educational advance of immigrant-origin children, allowing the identification of a number of policy solutions. A comprehensive look at a growing global issue, The Children of Immigrants at School represents a major achievement in the fields of education and immigration studies. Contributors include Josh DeWind, director of the Migration Program and the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship program.

In Council News

Measure of America tools are proving an invaluable resource for fact-based public debate. The Pew Research Center named the interactive American Human Development Index map Chart of the Week. And the 2013 Opportunity Index was cited in a Chronicle of Higher Education piece on shortcomings in education and employment.

Measure of America codirectors Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps wrote for National Journal about the program’s latest report, Halve the Gap by 2030: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities.

Sarah Burd-Sharps spoke about the shifting demographics of US cities with John Hockenberry on WNYC and Public Radio International’s The Takeaway, appeared in a US News and World Report story on youth disconnection, and was a panelist at National Agenda 2013: Delaware and the Nation, a program of the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication.

President Ira Katznelson spoke at a New School memorial event honoring historian Eric Hobsbawm [video].

The Inter-Asia Program held the fourth international Conference on Inter-Asian Connections at KoƧ University in Istanbul. Workshops and activities focused on themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia to East Asia.

The China-Africa Knowledge Project cohosted a Yale University conference, bringing together scholars and graduate students from Africa, China, Europe, and North America to explore how to connect empirical work on China and Africa to broader bodies of theoretical knowledge.

Duke University Press has published an ethnography by International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Lila Ellen Gray (2001), which is based on her fellowship research on Portugal’s most celebrated genre of popular music: Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life.

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On the Radar at Kujenga Amani: the latest responses to the Westgate Mall attack consider lessons for Kenya’s approach to regional security and the youth factor in violent radicalization. A new essay series on mediation launches with pieces by Laurie Nathan and Cori Wielenga.

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Reverberations is featuring Vinyl Prayers, a prayer portal curated by John Modern. And in Essays and Exchanges, New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Tanya Luhrmann (2012) responds to Leon Wieseltier's critique of her New York Times op-ed columns with “Odd to Each Other.”

The Immanent Frame series The State of Religion in China continues with a piece by Mayfair Yang on the government's future influence on religious practices. Thomas Pfau joins the Book Blog discussion on The Unintended Reformation with “History without Hermeneutics: Brad Gregory’s Unintended Modernity.”

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