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to brian gratton: the prof always makes a difference. might i suggest that although it is impossible to include all the diverse contributions to the study and teaching u.s. immigration history, the visual approach i use in my classes fits every discipline. from popular and documentary offering, photographic and other artistic renditions of the subject, to visually enhanced field work i have found it generates even more heat on the subject. your class would be too larger for my night at the movies collaborative project in which students show short clips of movies they think says something important about immigration to the usa (in my class to nyc). they then discuss the clips in small groups to see what they have in common. then select one to be shown in its entirely and students then write a sociological (in your case historical) review of the film. in your class you might ask the students to submit films (i ask for a paragraph synopsis) and you can make the decision about which to show. it is interesting to think about the popular depictions of immigration and immigrants to the usa in films from 'coming to america' to 'the godfather'. i remember on this or the immigration h-list a collection of films for global migration. in any case, it might be a useful project for us (h-ethnic) and i'd be happy to collect them as they come in for sharing at a later point. those who also teach ethnic related courses can (or already) do this for other disciplinary and sub-disciplinary spectra. in my seeing cities change book, film and other popular media are an important part of my discussion about how cities change visually around the globe. all the best, jerry --30--