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Jose Antonio Vargas to Speak at LSU Ogden Honors College Convocation

Pick Up Your Ticket for the Convocation from the French House Front Desk

Jose Antonio Vargas, author of Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, will give the address at the 2019 Ogden Honors College Convocation. The convocation is Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater. All Ogden students are encouraged to attend, and the event is also open to the general public. It is a free ticketed event, and attendees must pick up a ticket from the front desk in the French House before September 10.

Published in 2018, Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen is a memoir detailing Vargas’ experience as an undocumented immigrant living in the United States. Smuggled into America from the Philippines by his family when he is 12, Vargas discovers that he is “illegal” at 16 when he goes to apply for a driver’s license. Vargas recounts how he struggles to adapt to American culture at the same time he struggles to “earn” his American citizenship. Because of supportive American friends and family, Vargas attended college and later became a successful reporter for the Washington Post, where he was part of team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and theatrical 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 Companies by Fast Company. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed play What the Constitution Means to Me, which opened on Broadway in spring 2019.

The Ogden Honors College Shared Read Program introduces new students to the academic and intellectual culture of the Honors College through a common reading experience. Each spring, the Ogden Honors College selects a single text as required summer reading for all incoming students and as recommended reading for current Honors students, faculty, and staff. The academic year then opens in the fall semester with the Honors Convocation, at which the author of the Shared Read text gives an address.

A book signing will follow Vargas’ address.