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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and undocumented immigrant to share his story at USF

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and undocumented immigrant, will speak at the University of South Florida at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater. Vargas’ lecture, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Frontier Forum lecture series, is free and open to the public.

Inspired by his life and the struggles of other undocumented immigrants in the United States, Vargas wrote, produced and directed the film “Documented.” The film chronicles his experience and explores the experiences of other undocumented immigrants as well as the political issue of “legal status.” Vargas also founded Define American, a media and culture campaign that focuses on the national conversation around immigration and citizenship.

During the lecture, Vargas will explore how to define “American.” He also will share details of his physical journey to America, his public journey to guide the American immigration reform movement, and his personal journey to reconnect with his mother.

Following his lecture, Eric Eisenberg, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will moderate a question and answer segment. During the lecture, attendees can submit questions on Twitter to @USFCollege. Eisenberg will ask as many questions from the audience as time allows.

The Frontier Forum is sponsored by the USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty, USF Office of the Provost and USF College of Arts and Sciences.

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Author: Holly Lanier