Deep Dive: Art and Immigration—Culture and Dividing Lines

Debating immigration is a perennial favorite in presidential elections, perhaps never more so than in 2016, when border walls and banning Muslims push the boundaries of what proposals are considered acceptable to American voters. The artists on this panel vary in their mediums and perspectives, but they all contend with the immigrant experience. Guided by Eric Liu, we have asked them to explore individually and as a group how we can realize the aspirations promised by the words adorning the Statue of Liberty, whose “beacon hand glows worldwide welcome,” and begs for “your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2016

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest joins The Atlantic’s Jim Fallows for a conversation about what he has... See more
Barack Obama came into office promising a new American foreign policy. Did he deliver? Did the president successfully... See more
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As part of the Festival's signature event, the Afternoon of Conversation, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg... See more
Our signature event, the 2016 Afternoon of Conversation hosts an audience of more than 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent... See more
What do today's Republicans believe America's role in the world should be? The GOP's presumptive nominee... See more

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