Sep 15

Past Event

"Welcome to Shelbyville": A Film and Discussion about Immigration and Change in a New Destination

Event Materials


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Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, "Welcome to Shelbyville" takes an intimate look at a southern town as its leaders and residents – whites and African Americans, Latino and Somali immigrants – grapple with their beliefs, their histories and their evolving ways of life. The documentary was directed and produced by Kim Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation in association with Active Voice.

“Welcome to Shelbyville” is part of the State Department’s American Documentary Showcase, a touring program of filmmakers and award-winning documentaries that reflect contemporary American society and culture. The film will premiere on PBS in spring 2011.

On September 15, Brookings co-hosted an early screening of “Welcome to Shelbyville” with Active Voice and the Migration Policy Institute. Senior Fellow Audrey Singer moderated a conversation with a panel of immigration experts and community leaders. Rebecca Carson, chief of the Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, provided closing remarks.

After the presentation, speakers took questions from the audience.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Panel Discussion

    • Moderator

      Audrey Singer
    • Miguel Gonzales

      Welcoming Tennessee Ambassador

      Shelbyville, Tenn.

    • David Lubell

      Executive Director, Welcoming America

    • Margie McHugh

      Co-director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy

      Migration Policy Institute

  • Closing Remarks

    • Rebecca Carson

      Chief, Office of Citizenship

      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


September 15, 2010

4:00 PM - 6:15 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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