Event Title

Pursuing Racial Justice Together with Jose Antonio Vargas

Presenter Information

Jose Antonio Vargas

Keywords

pjrt, pursuing racial justice together, ddi, division of diversity and inclusion, vargas

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This event is being co-sponsored by the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center and the Latino Cultural Center at Purdue University.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. Vargas rose to prominence in 2011 with his groundbreaking essay in the New York Times Magazine, which revealed and chronicled his life as an undocumented immigrant. In 2012, he penned a follow-up essay and appeared with other undocumented immigrants on the cover of Time Magazine.

Since then, Vargas has written several books, including his best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. He also produced and directed Documented, an autobiographical documentary that received an NAACP Image Award nomination, directed White People, an Emmy-nominated television special on what it means to be young and white in a demographically changing America, and co-produced the Tony-nominated play What the Constitution Means to Me.

Vargas is also the founder of the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, a culture change organization that uses the power of narrative to humanize conversations about immigrants and advocating within news, entertainment, and digital media to create an America where everyone belongs.

Moderated by James A. McCann Professor of Political Science at Purdue University

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Apr 8th, 12:00 AM

Pursuing Racial Justice Together with Jose Antonio Vargas

This event is being co-sponsored by the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center and the Latino Cultural Center at Purdue University.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. Vargas rose to prominence in 2011 with his groundbreaking essay in the New York Times Magazine, which revealed and chronicled his life as an undocumented immigrant. In 2012, he penned a follow-up essay and appeared with other undocumented immigrants on the cover of Time Magazine.

Since then, Vargas has written several books, including his best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. He also produced and directed Documented, an autobiographical documentary that received an NAACP Image Award nomination, directed White People, an Emmy-nominated television special on what it means to be young and white in a demographically changing America, and co-produced the Tony-nominated play What the Constitution Means to Me.

Vargas is also the founder of the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, a culture change organization that uses the power of narrative to humanize conversations about immigrants and advocating within news, entertainment, and digital media to create an America where everyone belongs.

Moderated by James A. McCann Professor of Political Science at Purdue University