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Coptic Diaspora studies: lecture, Claremont, Wed 4/10/13, 12pm

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  • Mark Sedrak
    Claremont Graduate University School of Arts and Humanities Religions of North America Program and the Council for Coptic Studies cordially invite you to a
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 6, 2013
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      Claremont Graduate University

      School of Arts and Humanities

      Religions of North America Program

      and the Council for Coptic Studies

       

      cordially invite you to a public lecture on

       

      Assimilation and Heritage Identity:

      Lessons from the Coptic Diaspora

       

      Professor Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff

      George Washington University

       

       Wednesday, April 10, 2013

      12:00 pm Lecture

       

      School of Arts and Humanities, IAC Library

      831 N. Dartmouth Avenue

      Claremont, CA 91711

       

      Abstract –  Many first generation immigrants share a concern for retaining their heritage culture, though still aspire to successfully assimilate into the country of residence society. Assimilation theories suggest facilitating factors for positive assimilation but differ in terms of whether the loss of heritage culture is inevitable. The Coptic diaspora illustrates that upward mobility can be achieved without loss of heritage identity. Religious structures can play an important role not only in sustaining heritage identity, but also facilitating positive assimilation. A review of the Coptic community activities in diaspora, along with findings of a Coptic Diaspora survey may offer lessons for other immigrant groups. The study affirms some theoretical findings and raises questions for future research.

       

      Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the George Washington University, and co-Director of GWU’s Diaspora Research Program, a multidisciplinary program on diasporas, identity, policy and development.  She has advised, provided training and conducted commissioned research for a range of governments and institutions. Her publications include six books, four co-edited journal issues and over fifty-five articles and book chapters. She authored Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2009), edited Diasporas and Development: Exploring the Potential (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008), and edits the Lynne Rienner Publishers book series on Diasporas in World Politics.

       

      See calendar entry at: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/5232.asp?item=7126

       

      Coptic Studies Track at Claremont Graduate University:  http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9884.asp

      There is a nice brochure to download. Also included: courses taught, titles of past MA thesis and PhD dissertations, and student and graduate profiles.  Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia: http://www.cgu.edu/cce

      S. Michael Saad
      Chair, Council for Coptic Studies
      Claremont Graduate University
      http://www.cgu.edu/pages/5446.asp
      saad3@...

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