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On being American: Journalist, filmmaker–and undocumented immigrant–Jose Antonio Vargas to speak at St. Thomas

JAV new 4x6The University of St. Thomas Lectures Committee presents a lecture by Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Woulfe alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, and founder of Define American.com and #EmergingUS, Vargas seeks to elevate the conversation around race, immigration, identity, and citizenship in a multiracial America.

After “outing” himself as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times, Vargas was featured on the cover of TIME magazine as the face of the conversations about immigration in America, and has testified before the US Senate. His film about his experiences, Documented, has won several awards and recognition by multiple film festivals and associations and will be shown April 21 at 5:30 p.m. MCH 100 as part of Diversity Dialogues. (You MUST REGISTER to attend… Register now in ASC 224 and receive your FREE t-shirt!) View the trailer for Documented here.

In July 2015, he produced and starred in White People, a film for the MTV “Look Different” campaign about being young and white in America.

Vargas’ further contributions to the conversation include Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America, and#EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform launched in 2015 in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, focusing on race, immigration, and the complexities of multiculturalism.

In addition to his work on immigration matters, Vargas has had a prolific journalism career, including work for The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post, among others; he has covered a wide range of topics, including tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, the 2008 presidential campaign, and an acclaimed profile of Mark Zuckerberg. Vargas was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, and his 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C., inspired a feature-length documentary — The Other City — which he co-produced and wrote. In 2007, the daily journal Politico named him one of the 50 Politicos to Watch.

 

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