July 4th Salute to Great Immigrants Who Help Make America Strong—from Carnegie Corporation of New York

New York, NY, July 2, 2015––This Independence Day, the Trustees and staff of Carnegie Corporation of New York invite all Americans to join in celebrating naturalized U.S. citizens whose contributions are vital to the fabric of our nation and the strength of our democracy.

For the tenth year, the Corporation is honoring a distinguished group of immigrants and their accomplishments with a full-page public service ad in The New York Times. The 2015 “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative includes 38 individuals who have helped advance and enlighten our society, culture, and economy. In addition, the Corporation recognizes new citizens with a companion website at greatimmigrants.org, which includes the stories of many other naturalized citizens, video and audio recordings, and interactive quizzes. 

“Our founder, Andrew Carnegie, came to this country as the son of impoverished immigrants and grew up to become one of the greatest contributors to American industry and philanthropy,” said Vartan Gregorian, President of the Corporation. “His devotion to U.S. democracy stemmed from his conviction that the new infusion of talent that immigrants bring to our country keeps American society vibrant.”

The 38 Great Immigrants honored this year come from more than 30 countries around the world and represent leadership in a wide range of professions. They include U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara; higher education leaders Gabriel Esteban, Rakesh Khurana, and Ali Malekzadeh; Nobel laureates Arieh Warshel and Thomas C. Südhof; Google Engineering Director Craig Nevill-Manning; U.S. Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba; immigration attorney Rabia Chaudry; Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas Campbell; Atlanta Braves coach Eddie Pérez; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin; Pulitzer Prize-winners Geraldine Brooks and Anne Telnaes; actress Sofía Vergara; singer Thalía; television game show host Alex Trebek; and television producer Lorne Michaels.

Nearly nine million legal permanent residents are currently eligible to naturalize and become U.S. citizens. True to the mission of Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Corporation of New York supports their civic engagement through the efforts of our grantees, particularly the network of nonprofits that forms theNew Americans Campaign. The Corporation is proud to showcase their work and the stories of new and aspiring citizens on its dedicated, multimedia website greatimmigrants.org. Visitors will find easy-to-share videos, StoryCorps podcasts, interactive civics and immigration quizzes, a visual archive of Great Immigrants honorees from the past ten years, a timeline highlighting Andrew Carnegie’s life as an immigrant, and an embeddable video featuring the inspiring life of an immigrant who fled civil war in Sierra Leone and is now an American success story.

Share in the celebration of “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” online and continue the discussion on Facebook and on Twitter @CarnegieCorp, #GreatImmigrants.

Congratulations to the 2015 honorees:

Preet Bharara  U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York (India)

Geraldine Brooks  Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Journalist (Australia)

Thomas P. Campbell  Director and CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (England)

Rabia Chaudry  Attorney; Civil Rights Activist; International Security Fellow, New America Foundation (Pakistan)

Mica Ertegun  Interior Designer (Romania)

A. Gabriel Esteban  President, Seton Hall University (Philippines)

Stanley Fischer  Economist; Vice Chair, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (Israel)

Jonathan Hunt  Fox News, Chief Correspondent (Canada)

Malek Jandali  Composer, Pianist (Syria)

Rakesh Khurana  Danoff Dean of Harvard College and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership and Development (India)

Marie-Josée Kravis  Economist, Philanthropist (Canada)

Nastia Liukin  Olympic Medal-winning Gymnast (Russia)

Bette Bao Lord  Author, Human Rights Advocate, Philanthropist (China)

Ali Malekzadeh  President, Roosevelt University, Chicago (Iran)

Silvio Micali  Turing Award-winning Professor of Computer Engineering (Italy)

Lorne Michaels  Peabody Award-winning TV Producer (Canada)

Franziska Michor  Vilcek Prize-winning Professor, Computational Biology (Austria)

Anchee Min  Author (China)

Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani  Philanthropist; Chief Investment Officer, Private Wealth Management Group, Goldman Sachs (Iran)

Firouz Naderi  Director, Solar System Exploration, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Iran)

Azar Nafisi  Author, Scholar (Iran)

Craig Nevill-Manning  Engineering Director, Google (New Zealand)

Maria Otero  Fmr. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (Bolivia)

Eddie Pérez  Bullpen Coach, Atlanta Braves (Venezuela)

Ilana Rovner  Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (Latvia)

Arturo Sandoval  Grammy Award-winning Jazz Trumpeter (Cuba)

Madhulika Sikka  Vice President, Executive Editor, .Mic (India)

Thomas C. Südhof  Nobel Prize-winning Neuroscientist (Germany)

Antonio M. Taguba  U.S. Army Major General, Retired (Philippines)

Ann Telnaes  Pulitzer Prize-winning Political Cartoonist (Sweden)

Thalía  Singer, Actress (Mexico)

Tuyen Tran  Vilcek Prize-winning Fashion Designer (Vietnam)

Alex Trebek  Emmy Award-winning Game Show Host (Canada)

Sofía Vergara  Actress, Director (Colombia)

Abraham Verghese  Physician, Professor, Author (India)

Eugene Volokh  Professor, Legal Scholar, Blogger (Ukraine)

Arieh Warshel  Nobel Prize-winning Biochemist (Israel)

Raffi Yessayan  Judge, Massachusetts Superior Court (Lebanon)


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