Jeff Libman’s An Immigrant Class is an invaluable contribution to understanding the contemporary immigrant experience. He’s given us a porthole through which we can view the stories of newcomers to this country, and does so in as pure and unfettered a way as possible: in their own words.
Alex Kotlowitz, Author
THE POIGNANT ACCOUNTS in An Immigrant Class are the backbone of our shared American experience and Jeff Libman does a true service in recounting these often overlooked human stories.
Studs Terkel, Oral Historian
Jeff Libman’s An Immigrant Class is AN INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE. He’s given us a porthole through which we can view the stories of newcomers to this country, and does so in as pure and unfettered a way as possible: in their own words.
Alex Kotlowitz, Author
JEFF LIBMAN SHINES A THOUGHTFUL LIGHT ON THE REAL LIVES OF IMMIGRANTS. Their profound and insightful stories can not soon be forgotten. An Immigrant Class is a fascinating, important and heartfelt work.
David Isay, Radio Documentary Producer
For native-born Americans, THESE POWERFUL PERSONAL STORIES OPEN OUR EYES TO THE STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS OF OUR NEWEST NEIGHBORS, but also teach us a lot about ourselves. They helped me more fully appreciate the many challenges of adequately representing my immigrant-rich district, home to Truman College.
Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Congresswoman
Not only are the stories in An Immigrant Class FASCINATING AND ENLIGHTENING, but Jeff has treated them–and the students themselves-with great care and affection. He is one of Truman College’s most creative and valued teachers and it’s because he empathizes with his students’ struggles, celebrates their triumphs, shares their hope, and does his best to help them realize their dreams.
An Immigrant Class is an EXTRAORDINARY, RESPECTFUL, BEAUTIFUL, AND SENSITIVE PORTRAYAL in photos and in their own words of the immigrants and refugees from Jeff’s classrooms and their struggle to make a better life and their contribution to our nation.
“An Immigrant Class embodies AMERICAN STORIES OF ASPIRATIONS, successes, challenges and triumphs of countless immigrants and refugees in the quest to create a new life in our city. I applaud Jeff and the individuals featured in the book for their courage, integrity and generosity in making this book a reality. An Immigrant Class is a precious gift to society and a powerful tool for fostering greater human understanding and positive inter-group relations.”
This is, quite simply, RIVETING READING–a terrific book for anyone who seeks to understand the current immigrant experience. It should be required reading for the western hemisphere, just for starters.
Robert Hughes, author of Running with Walker: A Memoir