The Future of Immigration Policy

Assignment:  Attend Vargas’ keynote speech and the Law & Policy round table discussion on Tuesday, April 14th.  Produce a report for the Morning Blend and kfai.org

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas at U of M for Three Events

Includes screening of his documentary,  Documented addressing his experience as an undocumented immigrant

Minneapolis-St. Paul (March 27, 2015)–Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will take part in three events as part of a University of Minnesota symposium, “Out of the Shadows? The Future of Immigration Policy for Undocumented Americans,” that will address immigration policies, including President Obama’s executive action, in Minnesota and the United States. The symposium takes place Tuesday, April 14 at Cowles Auditorium and Willey Hall, both on the University’s west bank campus.

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 non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America, and the executive editor of #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform launching this spring, focusing on race, immigration, and the complexities of multiculturalism.

In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published an essay Vargas wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. Vargas then wrote, produced, and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. It was released theatrically and broadcast on CNN in 2014, and received a 2015 NAACP Imagecla. Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.

While in Minneapolis, Vargas will take part in three public events:

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave S, University of Minnesota west bank

He’ll deliver the keynote speech of the symposium, addressing immigration policy, personal identity, and his own experiences as an undocumented immigrant.

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave S, University of Minnesota west bank

He’ll participate in the Law & Policy Roundtable with panelists Jacqueline Esposito, National Immigrant Integration Conference, Rep. Carlos Mariani, Minnesota House of Representatives, and Professor Lauren Heidbrink, National Louis University.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Willey Hall Auditorium, 225 19th Ave S, University of Minnesota west bank

He’ll be present at a screening of Documented and take part in a post-film Q&A session.

Out of the Shadows is hosted by the University’s Immigration History Research Center and Center for New Americans, and The Advocates for Human Rights. All events are free and open to the public.

FFI: Immigration History Research Center, 612-625-4800

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