Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pulitzer Winner Nazario Speaks at UNCG on November 16


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario visits UNCG Monday, November 16, to discuss her book, Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother.

Nazario will address the greater Greensboro community from 7-9 p.m. in the Sullivan Science Building Auditorium. This session is free and open to the public. From 3-4 pm, Nazario will speak to UNCG students, faculty and staff in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. Book signings will follow both presentations. Copies of Enrique’s Journey are available in the UNCG Bookstore.

The UNCG University Libraries, the English Department, the Lloyd International Honors College, the Human Rights Research Network, Housing and Residence Life and the Graduate Student Association are sponsoring Nazario’s visit.

UNCG chose Enrique’s Journey, the true story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States, as the 2009-10 All Campus Read. Over 1,500 students at UNCG are reading Enrique’s Journey this semester, and the book is being taught in composition, history, sociology, and upper-division English classes.

Enrique’s story reveals the desperation that propels a growing number of Central American children to abandon their homes and risk their lives to re-unite with family members in the United States.

Sixteen-year-old Enrique, yearning for the mother who left for America eleven years before to earn money for his care, sets off alone from the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina telephone number. Without money, food, or protection, he makes the dangerous and illegal trek up the length of Mexico by clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains.

Nazario, a 20-year journalism veteran who currently writes for the L.A. Times, spent months researching Enrique’s story. She joined the thousands of children who travel alone atop El Tren de la Muerte (The Train of Death) and witnessed firsthand the terrors they face. Her series about Enrique in the Times won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Faculty, staff, students and guests are also invited to attend the fourth-annual One Book, Many Voices Conference on Friday, November 13th in the Elliot University Center. At the conference, dozens of UNCG students will present their research and creative projects inspired by “Enrique's Journey.” The conference is a unique feature of UNCG's All Campus Read Program, giving students an opportunity to share their innovative work in a public forum. The conference will be held from 9am to 2pm and will consist of 1-hour panels of presentations. Guests are welcome to attend as many sessions as they would like. There is no charge.

Please call Kimberly Lutz at 336. 256.8598 for more information about these events.

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