University of Pittsburgh
September 15, 2004

Lecture on the History of Immigration and Its Impact on Public Health to Be Held at Pitt

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—Alan Kraut, an immigration scholar and professor in the Department of History at American University, Washington, D.C., will deliver a lecture titled "Doctors at the Borders: Immigrants and the Public Health-Historical Perspectives," at 6 p.m. Sept. 23, in lecture room five of the University of Pittsburgh's Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace St., Oakland. This event is sponsored by the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society.

Author of four books, Kraut received the Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Hunter College of the City University of New York and the Master of Arts degree and the Ph.D. degree in American history from Cornell University.

Kraut's books include The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society 1880-1921 (Harlan Davidson, 2001), Crusaders and Compromisers: Essays on the Relationship of the Antislavery Struggle to the Antebellum Party System (Greenwood Press, 1983), and Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the "Immigrant Menace" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995). He also published more than a hundred articles and book reviews.

A recipient of American University's Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1999, Kraut is the recent past president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, which is the largest organization of immigration scholars in the country. He has served as a member of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Committee since the 1980s and was appointed chair of the committee in 2003.

The C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society is the nation's largest local and regional medical history group. With members from Western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio, the society's nearly 200 dues-paying participants sponsor five evening lectures annually.

For more information, contact Jonathon Erlen at 412-648-8927 or