Jose Vargas: "Define American"


Jose Vargas

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Webb University Center - North Cafeteria

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In 2011, Vargas - who was on a Washington Post reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech - gained international notoriety when he revealed a long-kept personal secret in an essay for The New York Times Magazine, titled "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." He has also appeared on CNN, ABC News and "PBS NewsHour." Vargas has also taught Storytelling 2.0 at Georgetown University and served on the advisory board for the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, housed at American University. In 2007, he was named one of the "50 Politicos to Watch" by the daily online journal Politico. Today, Vargas lives in New York City and runs Define American, a nonprofit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

"Documented," a film Vargas wrote, produced and directed, will air later this year on CNN. It chronicles his life as an undocumented immigrant and his crusade to reform the country's immigration laws. To view a trailer for the film, visit the Hollywood Reporter website.

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A DVD of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2014d

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