The Inaugural Year: Jose Antonio Vargas Lecture—The Power of Storytelling: Fighting Anti-Immigrant Hate and Shifting the Conversation on Immigration, Identity, and Citizenship

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre

Open to the public

/ Wednesday


We are living through the most anti-immigrant era in modern US history, with the battle over DACA and the DREAM Act still being waged, while a record number of raids and deportations tear families apart. To change the politics of the moment and the policies attached to them, we must change the conversation on immigration and build bridges of empathy, understanding, and shared values. Join us for a conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas, founder and CEO of Define American, to discuss the current state of immigration politics and how we can use stories to fight anti-immigrant hate and shift the conversation on immigration, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His forthcoming memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, will be published by HarperCollins in fall 2018.

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