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An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas: Immigration Policy and the 2016 Election

Jose Antonio Vargas in A More Perfect Union featuring Mel Ziegler’s Flag Exchange, Tang Teaching Museum, September 28, 2016

Join us for a talk by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media publisher Jose Antonio Vargas. Co-sponsored by Skidmore College Speakers Bureau, Political Science Department, and Latin American Studies Department.

This event is part of A More Perfect Union and is free and open to the public.

About Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America. In 2015, MTV aired White People, a television special he directed on what it means to be young and white in America as part of its “Look Different” campaign. In February 2016, Vargas launched #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform he conceived focusing on race, immigration, and the complexities of multiculturalism.

In June 2011, The New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay Vargas wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as a part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then wrote, produced, and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. It had its world premiere at the AFI Docs film festival in Washington, D.C., in 2013, was released theatrically, broadcast on CNN in 2014, and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.

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