Jose Antonio Vargas

Event date/time: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Student Union Ballroom

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and media entrepreneur. Vargas founded Define American, a media and culture nonprofit that aims to spark discussion about immigration and citizenship in America. In addition, he founded #EmergingUS, a media platform that explores race, immigration and American identity.

Vargas has written multiple articles about his personal experience as an undocumented immigrant for The New York Times Magazine and TIME magazine. He also produced “Documented,” a film chronicling his journey as an undocumented immigrant, which received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary in 2015.

The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting was awarded to his team at The Washington Post for its 2008 coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. His 2006 coverage of HIV/AIDS in Washington was the motive behind the documentary ‘The Other City,’ and in 2007, Politico named Vargas one of “50 Politicos to Watch.”

Continue reading more about Vargas’ award-winning accomplishments here.

This talk is part of the SBS Lecture Series "Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Migration," and is sponsored by the UMass Journalism Department and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

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