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Donna Gabaccia, Fesler-Lampert Chair

Tthe Graduate School has appointed Donna Gabaccia to the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Public Humanities for 2009-2010.

Donna Gabaccia, will create and direct a small team of University-based researchers and community-based immigrant youth and archivists to create, collect, digitize, and analyze life writings by undergraduate and high school students from the three largest immigrant and refugee groups in the Twin Cities--Hmong, Mexican, and Somali--who either arrived in the United States at a young age or were born here. Life writings are important supplements to traditional oral histories and autobiographies and help scholars to understand the identities and viewpoints of immigrants and their children.