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Wednesday, October 2 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Citizenship, Immigration and Belonging: A Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas, Paola Mendoza and Maya Wiley

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At a time when the politics of immigration are divided as ever, how do we tell stories that liberate and unite people?  What does it mean be an American today? This debate is so much about race and definitions of belonging that far too many of us get excluded from. What must we do to push new definitions cultural understanding of  "belonging"?

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Founder, Define American
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative... Read More →
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Paola Mendoza

Filmmaker, Activist, The Soze Agency
Paola Mendoza is a film director, activist, author, and artist working at the leading-edge of human rights. A co-founder of The Women’s March, she served as its artistic director and co-authored the New York Times best-seller Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard... Read More →
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Maya Wiley

University Professor, The New School
Maya Wiley joined The New School in 2016 as senior vice president for social justice to advance the university’s commitment to social justice, and as the Henry Cohen Professor of Public and Urban Policy at The New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. A nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity, Maya has litigated, lobbied the US Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the US and in South Africa. She is an expert on digital equity and founded and co-directs The New School’s Digital Equ... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
The Auditorium - A106