Award-winning journalist and multimedia storyteller Jose Antonio Vargas will deliver a talk titled "Define American" on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at Pomona College (Smith Campus Center, Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). A Q&A session will follow the lecture.
Vargas is the founder of the non-profit organization and campaign Define American, which seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. In his talk, Vargas will address his own journey as an undocumented American and what it means to be an American in a country that is torn over the status of undocumented immigrants, as well as talk about immigration policy and reform. Vargas will discuss his experience of coming out twice: once as gay and once as undocumented. He will relate his struggles to those of the larger immigrant rights movement, and talk about immigration, race, sexuality, citizenship, nation and human rights.
Vargas has served as senior contributing editor at The Huffington Post, written for The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. Additionally, he was named one of 50 Politicos to Watch by Politico; co-produced and wrote the feature-length documentary The Other City; and wrote a profile on Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for The New Yorker. His essay "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" appeared in The New York Times Magazine.
For more information, contact Karin Mak at (909) 621-8639.
This event is sponsored by the following groups: Associated Students of Pomona College; Scripps Associated Students; Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College; Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College; Pitzer Student Senate; Pomona's Academic Dean's Office; Pomona's Distinguished Speaker Series; Pomona's Dean of Students; Pomona President's Advisory Committee on Diversity; Students of Color Alliance; Asian American Advisory Board; Queer Resource Center; Draper Center for Community Partnerships; The Motley Coffeehouse; Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies; Pomona College English Department; Pomona International Relations Program; Multi Ethnic and Racial Group Exchange; Improving Dreams Access Quality and Success at the Claremont Colleges; Empowered Latin@s in Action; Asian American Mentor Program; and 5-C Democrats.