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Immigrants Of The Day: Ted Koppel (England), Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (Ukraine), and Satendar Singh (Fiji)

by Kevin R. Johnson

Ted Koppel (England)

275pxkoppelpressEdward James "Ted" Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is an American journalist, best known as the former anchorman for ABC's Nightline.

Koppel has won every major broadcasting award, including 37 Emmy Awards, six George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, nine Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the highest honor bestowed for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Koppel was born in Lancashire, England, after his Jewish parents fled Germany due to the rise of Hitler. His family came to the United States in 1953. Koppel graduated from Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Stanford University with a Master of Arts degree in mass communications research and political science.

Koppel started working at ABC in 1963, first as a foreign correspondent for the network. He is most widely known as the long-time lead anchorman for Nightline, a position he held when the program debuted in 1980. Koppel gave up that position on November 22, 2005.

Koppel is multilingual, speaking German, Russian, and French, in addition to his native English.

Trivia:  Koppel is mentioned briefly in the Simpsons episode "Homer Loves Flanders." Homer wakes in a sweat and utters "I think I hate Ted Koppel". He then thinks for a moment and instead says "No wait, I find him informative and witty."

For more about Koppel, including links to other websites, click here.

July 19, 2007 | Permalink

Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (Ukraine)

Born Leah Berliawsky, September 23, 1899, Kiev, 400pxlouise_nevelson2c_transparent_ Ukraine; died April 17, 1988, New York, was one of the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century, whose works can be found in almost every major museum in Europe and America. Her sculptures included wood assemblages typically painted in either jet black or, later, in white and gold as well, ranged in size from the small and personal to the large and monumental.

Nevelson is known for her abstract expressionist “boxes” grouped together to form a new creation. She used found objects or everyday discarded things in her “assemblages” or assemblies, one of which was three stories high.

Born in 1899 to a Jewish timber merchant in the Ukraine, Leah (as she was originally known) migrated to the United States around 1905 after her father's business brought him to Rockland, Maine. Reports suggest the young girl played with timber almost from the time she arrived in Maine, and set her sights on becoming a sculptor by age ten.

In 1929 Nevelson enrolled at the Art Students League of New York. In the early 1930s she worked with renowned Mexican painter and political activist Diego Rivera at the New Workers School in New York. During this period she worked as an art teacher with the New Deal's WPA. During the 1940s she showed five major exhibitions revealing the influences of surrealism and collage. In her 1958 show, Moon Garden + One, walls of wood collages surrounded the viewer in darkened rooms. This helped secure her reputation as a pioneering American environmental artist. During the following two decades, Nevelson--known for her forceful public personality, a flamboyant style of dress, and her trademark false eyelashes--exhibited widely throughout the major art centers of the world and received many public commissions.

To commemorate her work, the Louise Nevelson Plaza in Lower Manhattan, an entire outdoor garden of her metal collages, was established in 1978 and dedicated in 1979.

Nevelson died in her home in 1988, but has retained her reputation as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. She has been commemorated on a number of postage stamps.

July 20, 2007 | Permalink

Satendar Singh (Fiji)

Singh A 26-year-old immigrant from Fiji, recently died after being punched at Lake Natoma near Sacramento on July 1. Singh was picnicking with friends of Fijian and Indian descent.

According to friends of Singh's who were there, a group of Russian-speaking men and women hassled them throughout the day. That evening, about six men from the group picked a fight, Singh's friends said. Singh was struck once, fell and hit his head. No one else was injured.

Hundreds of supporters (here) met on Sunday at the West Coast Diversity Summit in Sacramento in hopes of bringing grass-roots groups together against the hate they blame in the death of the young Fijian immigrant.   California State Senator Darrell Steinberg (here) penned a nice op/ed on the community response to the sad death.

July 23, 2007 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog .

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.