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An internationally renowned history professor from the USA is preparing to share her expertise on migration at a series of public lectures to be held at Sheffield Hallam University.

The lectures will see visiting professor, Laura Tabili, present insights drawn from her in-depth research into the history of overseas migration to Britain.

Her first lecture will be held at the University on International Women's Day on 8 March and is entitled 'Anchors and bridges: Women’s hidden centrality to global migration'. It will explore the critical role that women played in migrant communities in Britain.

Professor Tabili's research work has important implications for current debates on overseas migration and community cohesion.

Her appointment has been made possible thanks to a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship Award which enables distinguished international scholars to make extended visits to British universities to share their expertise.

Professor Tabili, who teaches at the University of Arizona, said: "I'm really looking forward to working with academics and students at Sheffield Hallam on migration, empire, imperialism and globalisation.

"Visiting Sheffield and being at the University will provide a great opportunity to engage with the public through the lectures. I'm hoping to improve my understanding of the way that local communities in the city have been formed, and the role migration has played in making them what they are."

The first lecture will be held at the University's Cantor Building, Arundel Street on Friday 8 March at 6:30pm. Places are free and include refreshments and a light buffet, but must be booked in advance.

Professor Tabili will deliver two other public lectures while she is here, which will explore the integration of migrants in England's communities and post-war settlements.

Book onto the public lectures online

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