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Becoming a Citizen

Thanks for your interest in creating space for the important and complicated conversations we need to have about immigration in Wisconsin.

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.


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 Greenberg also shares stories in a talk called “Melting Pot or Pot Luck? Immigrants in the U.S.”

We want to help! Contact us today to get started!

  • We ask that events be free and open to the public.
  • We will connect you with Laurie Greenberg so you can work with her to find a date and time that works.
  • You will be required to fill out an online form to secure your reservation.
  • The Wisconsin Humanities Council will pay Laurie Greenberg an honorarium; there will be no cost to your organization.
  • We ask that you credit the Wisconsin Humanities Council in your promotions.
  • Please aim for 20+ audience members. We can share resources to help with event promotion.
  • You will be required to fill out a Host Evaluation Form after the event.


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