University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Jose Antonio Vargas


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 non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His memoir, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," was published in fall 2018.

In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he 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 part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. It aired on CNN, streamed on Netflix, and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. Also in 2015, MTV aired White People, an Emmy-nominated television special he produced and directed on what it means to be young and white in a demographically-changing America.

Among accolades he has received are: The Salem Award from the Salem Award Foundation, which draws upon the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA and honorary degrees from 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.

A product of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University (’04), where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and Mountain View High School (’00).

An elementary school named after Vargas will open in his hometown of Mountain View, California in 2019.

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Scheduled events:
Undocumented: The Price of Admission
Acclaimed authors Reyna Grande, Jose Antonio Vargas and Ingrid Rojas Contreras explore the unforeseen cost of the undocumented experience.

Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Reyna Grande, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Jose Vargas
Moderator: Ernesto Portillo Jr.
Painful to Write, Powerful to Read
Stephanie Land, Wayetu Moore and Jose Vargas have authored tales based on true-life events, tales that move us. Meet these three authors and gleen insights into their powerful stories and the energies it took to share them with the world.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Stephanie Land, Wayetu Moore, Jose Vargas
Moderator: Thomas Cobb
Can We Work Together Anymore?
A Democrat, A Republican and an Undocumented Immigrant, who considers himself an American, have a conversation.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dan Pfeiffer, Jose Vargas, Rick Wilson
Moderator: Mary Chinwe Okoye

Books:
Dear America
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Dey Street
September 2018
ISBN 9780062851352
320 pages
$25.99, INSTORE
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Dear America: Young Reader's Edition
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Harper Collins
March 2019
ISBN 9780062914590
144 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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In this young readers’ adaptation of his adult memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, in light of the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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