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Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist
CEO and Founder of Define American
and Author of Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen
Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30pm Pre-Event Reception; 7:00pm Forum
and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
To avoid additional fees, purchase your reception ticket in person at the Box Office.
Tickets to the Forum are free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Registration and ticket sales begin August 15th.
About the Speaker
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the Founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling.
Mr. Vargas shares details of his childhood journey to American from the Philippines, and his life now in the United States as an immigration reform activist. He has been called the most famous undocumented immigrant in America.
In 2011 The New York Times published his groundbreaking essay revealing and chronicling his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants in a follow-up cover story.
Mr. Vargas then produced and directed Documented, a feature film about his personal experiences. The film received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. He published a best-selling memoir in 2018 called Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.
Among accolades he has received are the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA and honorary degrees from Emerson College, Colby College, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Passionate about the role of arts in society and promoting equity in education, he serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students.
Mr. Vargas has written for numerous publications such as The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and he won a Pulitzer Prize for helping cover the Virginia Tech shooting.
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen Book Clubs
United Way: Aug. 21- Sept. 18 Wednesday mornings from 8:45-9:45 am in the United Way Building at 50 S. French Broad Ave.
Malaprops: Friday, September 27 at 6:30 pm
About the Justice Forum
This is the ninth year Pisgah Legal Services has hosted this event, formerly known as the Poverty Forum, to draw attention to the plight of low-income people in Western North Carolina and to elevate the conversation about pressing local and national issues. This year’s Forum focuses on the challenges faced by immigrants and the work that Pisgah Legal Services does to help immigrant families and individuals.
For the first time ever, tickets to the Forum will be free to the public.
Advance registration is required.
Tickets for the Reception are limited and sell out quickly.
To be added to our e-newsletter for updates or for more information about the event,
contact Michelle Spiegel at Pisgah Legal Services: 828-210-3773.
Special thanks to the following sponsors: