The President's Diversity Council Invites You to a Reading and Discussion Featuring Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Emmy-nominated Filmmaker and Immigration Rights Activist
Monday, September 17, 2018
6 to 9 p.m.
Large Auditorium, Bonnell Building
Jose Antonio Vargas will discuss his upcoming book, Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen, as part of his nationwide book tour. This highly acclaimed memoir details the unsettling psychological state of living as an undocumented immigrant.
Vargas is the founder and CEO of Define America, the nation’s leading nonprofit and media organization that fights injustice against immigrants through storytelling. His compelling essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” was published in the New York Times Magazine in 2011. He produced and directed “Documented,” a documentary feature film about his experience that aired on CNN and streamed on Netflix. His Emmy-nominated TV special, “White People,” which he directed and produced, explored what it means to be young and white in a demographically changing country.
In 2008, Vargas was one of a team of journalists at The Washington Post that received the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting.
Moderator Will Bunch is the national opinion columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com. He is the author of Tear Down this Myth, The Backlash, Jukebox America and three Amazon Kindle singles about politics and sports. A pioneering blogger, he was also a key member of a Pulitzer-Prize-winning team at New York Newsday, and his freelance articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and elsewhwere.