Regina Spektor recites "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus; the song writer emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1989. Professor Elisa New introduces guests speaking on the poem and immigration.
New and guests analyze the first lines of "The New Colossus," comparing the conquering male of Rhodes to the nurturing Statue of Liberty. They discuss the significance of the Industrial Revolution and New York geography to the sonnet.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France acknowledging Republican forms of government; the New Colossus was written in 1883 during influx of Jews fleeing Eastern Europe, and affixed to the statue's base in 1903. In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed; further restrictions culminated into the Immigration Act of 1924. New and guests reflect on the universality of the poem in juxtaposition to immigration regulations.
Guests Cristina Jimenez, Duy Doan and Spektor reveal refugee family histories; they describe fleeing danger and rejection by homeland, relating to the imagery of "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." New, David Rubenstein and Randi Weingarten discuss oppression, freedom and literary devices of The New Colossus.
Spektor recites "The New Colossus"; New comments on her reading and the sonnet's form. Doan finds significance in the repeated references to the Statue of Liberty's torch.
Credits: The New Colossus
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The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, featuring Regina Spector, Duy Doan, Randi Weingarten, David Rubenstein, and Cristina Jimenez.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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