Women & Society Lecture to Feature Author Sonia Nazario

By Shannon Donnelly '21

women's studiesOn Thursday, March 8, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will deliver the 26th annual Women and Society lecture, “Beyond Enrique’s Journey: Solving Illegal Immigration (For Real).” Sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Spring Academic Lecture Series, the talk commemorates International Women's Day and will take place in the Nelly Goletti Theatre at 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Angela Laflen and Dr. Kristin Bayer, the Co-Directors of the WGSS Program, were pleased that this year’s Women and Society lecture furthers the campus community's engagement with issues raised in the 2017-2018 Common Reading, Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us. Students in Fall 2017 First Year Seminars attended the First Year Seminar Lecture by Ms. Grande. Now, in Spring 2018, students will enjoy the benefits of a talk by a similarly influential writer and thinker on issues related to immigration.

Originally a series in the Los Angeles Times that won Nazario a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing,“Enrique’s Journey” details a young Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Much of what Nazario describes in the book is taken from her own personal account of riding on the tops of train cars with the boy as he made the dangerous trek across the American border. Nazario's journalistic achievements are complemented by her humanitarian efforts on behalf of unaccompanied migrant children. As Dr. Laflen noted, Nazario's work sheds light on contemporary politics as well as journalism, social activism, and gender studies: “[Immigration] is a huge national debate so it’s important to have as much information as possible to be fully educated,” she said.

Nazario's talk is free and open to the public. A book signing will take place after the lecture.