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Jose Vargas to Speak at Old Dominion University

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Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Vargas will make a speaking engagement at Old Dominion University on Tuesday April 8 at 7:30 pm (Webb Center).

Please RSVP at the “University Events” website and use JVL14.

Vargas came to international prominence in 2011 when he penned “My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant” for the New York Times Magazine. The piece was his personal narrative of living in the United States since 1993 as an “undocumented immigrant”. He recounts how, after his mother brought him to the U.S. as a young boy, he found out to his surprise and horror that his Green Card was fraudulent upon a visit to the DMV. He relegated himself to living in a fear-filled world always looking over his shoulder and trying to move among the shadows.

His natural talents as a journalist were always fostered from the beginning of his arrival and over time, he began to build quite a resume – working for the The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Philadelphia Daily News and San Francisco Chronicle. He even appeared on television via CNN, ABC News and PBS NewsHour.

Finally, Vargas decided to reveal his story and it immediately became a topic of intrigue, controversy and most of all – it moved critical demand to address the lofty goal of “immigration reform.”

Currently, Vargas resides in New York City and leads “Define American”, a non-profit geared to elevate the discussion on immigration.

CNN will air a documentary, “Documented” which Vargas produced, wrote and directed and is expected to air later in 2014. You can view the trailer at the Hollywood Report website.

Special thanks to Old Dominion University for the information to write this article.

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