Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts People, Politics, and Prose: Dreamland: America’s Immigration Lottery in an Age of Restriction

People, Politics, and Prose: Dreamland: America’s Immigration Lottery in an Age of Restriction

June 13, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

About the Event

In a world of border walls and obstacles to migration, a lottery where winners can gain permanent residency in the United States sounds too good to be true. But in 1990, the United States Diversity Visa Lottery was created to do just that. In this month's People, Politics, and Prose, Carly Goodman joins Ronald J. Granieri to discuss her new book Dreamland. Goodman and Granieri will discuss the surprising story of this unlikely government program and its role in American life, the global story of migration, and how the promise of the American dream has been threatened by the United States' embrace of anti-immigrant policies and persistent anti-Black racism.

People, Politics, and Prose with Ron Granieri features in-depth conversations with authors of recent books on international affairs and national security. Moderated by FPRI’s Ronald J. Granieri, each session will build on the book’s contents to discuss the author’s influences and motivations, relating everything to current events to elicit a broader understanding of the geographical, political, and historical context of our contemporary world. 

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Carly Goodman

Carly Goodman - Carly Goodman is the author of Dreamland: America's Immigration Lottery in an Age of Restriction (UNC Press), senior editor of Made By History, and an Immigration Content Specialist for public history projects.

Ronald J. Granieri

Ronald J. Granieri - Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is the Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West, and host of People, Politics, and Prose, a monthly series of events.