RRCHNM Statement on the Executive Order Restricting Access to the US

The Executive Order of January 27, 2017, restricting people’s access to the United States based on their national origins and beliefs, is at odds with the commitment to diversity at the core of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media mission. We stand in opposition to actions that discriminate and divide, and to administration efforts that restrict access to government data, which impede the teaching and collaboration that democratize history and advance research.

We have endorsed the American Historical Association statement condemning the executive order. We offer our support to responses to these policies, such as the Trump Protest Archive and Data Refuge. The Rosenzweig Center will continue to seek ways to respond to the ongoing threats to inclusivity and democracy.

The mission of the Rosenzweig Center is to use digital media and computer technology to democratize history: to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past. Our projects encompass a range of American experiences of war, migration, and diplomacy, as well as the perspectives of cultures from around the world on topics including economic change, leadership, reform, revolution, and repression. Our work creating and presenting the past involves collaborations with scholars and communities of diverse backgrounds, countries of origin, and beliefs.