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Becoming a Citizen

presented by Laurie S. Z. Greenberg

People who are born in the U.S. are automatically granted citizenship. A naturalized citizen is a person who was born in another country but has lawfully become a citizen of the United States under the U.S. Constitution and laws. What are the rights and privileges that come with citizenship? Do naturalized citizens enjoy all of them? And what are the responsibilities? Laurie will open this conversation with information about the naturalization process and who is eligible to apply. She will prompt an open, self-reflective discussion about what makes someone a good citizen, what some of the barriers are to citizenship, why they exist, and some of the reasons why the nine million immigrants in the U.S. who are eligible are not applying for citizenship.


Laurie S. Z. Greenberg

Laurie Greenberg has a PhD in cultural geography from UW-Madison and has worked and lived both in the US and in Mexico. Today she lives in Madison, Wisconsin and works as a freelance researcher and writer. She has extensive experience working with immigrants and conducting educational programs for diverse groups in the U.S. and in 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries.


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