2019 CSRPC Annual Public Lecture: Jose Antonio Vargas

Lecture Series

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Assembly Hall

The CSRPC's Annual Public Lecture features distinguished public intellectuals whose work promotes engaged thought and scholarship around topics of race and ethnicity within the public sphere. This year, Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist, is the speaker. Born in the Philippines and raised in the United States as an undocumented citizen, Vargas has been vocal about the politics of immigration and the toll it takes on the American family, society, and beyond. Vargas recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen."

Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and theatrical producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. His best-selling memoir, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed play What the Constitution Means to Me, which opened on Broadway in spring 2019.

A book signing will occur after the event.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is presented by the International House Global Voices Progran and Center for the Study on Race, Politics, and Culture.