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OIA Film Series featuring Forgotten Ellis Island

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) invites you to spend your lunch hour with us. Come view one of the many extraordinary DVDs from our library.

Forgotten Ellis Island

  • Thursday, January 24
  • 12:00 noon
  • ACB 240

A century ago, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, one of the world’s greatest public hospitals was built. Massive and modern, the hospital’s 22 state-of-the-art buildings were crammed onto two small islands, man-made from the rock and dirt excavated during the building of the New York subway. The Ellis Island Hospital was where the germs of the world converged, at once welcoming and foreboding—a fateful crossroads for hundreds of thousands of hopeful immigrants. Those nursed to health were allowed entry to America. Those deemed too feeble of body or mind were deported.

Three short decades after it opened, the Ellis Island Hospital was all but abandoned. As America after World War I began shutting its border to all but a favored few, the hospital fell into disuse and decay, and then into emptiness, its medical wards open only to the salt air of New York Harbor.

With many never before seen photographs and video, Forgotten Ellis Island is the first film produced about this extraordinary hospital and is a powerful portrayal of the best and worst of America’s treatment of it’s newcomers.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Free snacks will be provided!

For more information about the films in the OIA library, visit our website.

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