CLOSED: Immigrants Are US Exhibit


CLOSED: Immigrants Are US Exhibit

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Date and Time

Thursday, February 27, 2020 — Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, North Hallway, 1st Floor

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Immigrants Are US exhibit is closed as a preventive measure to reduce risk related to the COVID-19 virus. Visit the university’s COVID-19 website for the most current information for the USD community.


The Kroc School is excited to feature "Immigrants Are US", a photography exhibition by Mark Tuschman, in the north hallway of the KIPJ building on the first floor. 

About the exhibition:

For more than a century the identity of the United States has been grounded in the notion that we are a “nation of immigrants” and it is precisely our diversity and multiculturalism that makes America unique. People from the world over come here to build a better life, but America, too, benefits from their innumerable contributions to our cultural, scientific, and economic vitality.

The Kroc School is excited to share "Immigrants Are US", a photography exhibition by Mark Tuschman, in the north hallway of the KIPJ building on the first floor. 

The recent barrage of anti-immigrant rhetoric and exclusionary immigration policy proposals are sowing seeds of anxiety and distrust and creating an increasingly polarized America. Gross economic inequalities, fear, and political gridlock have created an atmosphere of deep alienation and resentment that too frequently has been directed towards immigrants.

What can we do to begin healing and create bridges of understanding between people of diverse backgrounds? How can we nurture empathy and compassion to embrace each other with respect and dignity and bring our country to a place of greater optimism?

Photography is a universal language. In my experience powerful portraits accompanied by stories of people’s lives are the best way to connect with those whose experiences are vastly different than our own. One can argue about politics or disregard facts but one cannot argue about a person’s story. Here you will find stories of immigrants whose struggles brought them to America and whose subsequent contributions and successes have enriched our country.

The contributions immigrants make to our society cannot be taken for granted. Without immigrants, we all lose: major medical institutions would cease functioning, the elderly would have little access to home or nursing care, food prices would skyrocket, most restaurants would close their doors, the hi-tech economy would falter, quickly becoming non-competitive, to name just a few of the consequences.

Without exception, each immigrant who participated in this project expressed their desire to contribute to our society, and came to the U.S. because they deeply admire our democratic values.

About Mark Tuschman

"Photography is a universal language and it is my hope that my images will move viewers to respond not only with empathy, but also with action. It is my intention to photograph people with compassion and dignity in the hope of communicating our interrelatedness." — Mark Tuschman

Mark Tuschman has been a freelance photographer for nearly 40 years. He has devoted much of the past decade to documenting global health challenges and women’s human rights issues, in collaboration with UN agencies, socially conscious corporations, foundations, and NGOs.

His work has been featured at many international events, including the Women Deliver Conferences in 2013 and 2016, and the Carter Center’s Human Rights Defenders Forum in 2015. The Global Health Council named Mark Photographer of the Year in 2010, and his images won the Grand Prize in a worldwide photo competition sponsored by the Social Documentary Network and Management Sciences for Health.

His book, “Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge”, was named as one of the best Photo Books of the Year by American Photo magazine in 2015. Former President Jimmy Carter endorsed the book and gave it a prominent place in his ongoing campaign for promoting human rights.

This event is open to the public

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