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Westminster Talks: The New World - Experiencing 19th Century Migration to the USA

University of Westminster

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 from 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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The University of Westminster's Lecture Series 'Westminster Talks 2017-2018

Westminster Talks is proud to finish the series with a talk by Professor Andrew Linn



Mass migration is nothing new. Archaeological and linguistic evidence show that people have moved across large distances in search of new opportunities for themselves and their families since the earliest times. One of the most statistically dramatic migrations was the mass departure from Europe during the nineteenth century.

While Europeans departed across the globe in search of better lives, the overwhelming movement was across the Atlantic to North America. European emigrants included around 800,000 Norwegians who headed West from a country whose population was scarcely more than that at the start of the period in question. While the statistics are indeed dramatic, they conceal the fact that each emigration story was an individual one. But how can historians recapture and resent those individual stories?

This Westminster Talk reports on a research project which used on-line virtual world technology to explore and present this history. As well as telling the story of Norwegian migration through images and
via the virtual world, Professor Linn will also illustrate it musically using the Regent Street Cinema organ.

This is a talk for anyone interested in migration, family history, alternative historical methods and in seeking to
understand the lived realities behind migration statistics.


Professor Andrew Linn, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities


Professor Andrew Linn is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.  Before joining Westminster in February 2016, he was from 2003 Professor of the History of Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.

 Andrew studied English and Linguistics at Cambridge University, where he was also organ scholar at Emmanuel College.  His PhD research was on the standardization of the Norwegian language following Norway’s independence from Denmark in 1814.  This work has led to several lines of research: the history of linguistics; language policy and planning; and Norwegian history.  He has received research funding from bodies including the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Swedish Academy. His current research includes a book for Cambridge University Press on the 19th-century Reform Movement in Linguistics and language policy & planning in higher education.

He is a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and president of the British Society for the History of Linguistics.  He also possesses diplomas in organ performance and gives regular organ concerts when his University duties and obsession with Sheffield United Football Club allow.


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Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street
W1B 2UW London
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 from 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations. We offer highly attractive practice-based courses which are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition.

Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences. Additionally, our position in the heart of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the world of business, information technology, and law.

The Westminster Talks series features a diverse mix of speakers who are proud to have a shared history and an exciting future with us. The series aims to connect our audiences – students, alumni, staff, supporters and friends, offering a chance to find out about important research and practice underway at Westminster and the difference the work of our alumni, staff and honorary members have made in their fields.

Many of our speakers come from the University’s global community of over 170,000 alumni spread across 180 countries. Our alumni reflect the diversity and international outlook of our former students, who come from all backgrounds and cultures to study in London, and go on to have a huge impact and make great contributions to the world we live in.

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