Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Los Angeles Times reporter to speak on immigration at Xavier

The event with Sonia Nazario takes place on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Cintas Center | September 9, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario comes to Xavier in October to speak on the topic of immigration, highlighted in her recent book about a Honduran teenager’s harrowing journey to the United Sates.

“Enrique’s Journey and the Phenomenon of Teenage Migration: An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Sonia Nazario,” takes place on Oct. 6 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Duff Hall in the Cintas Center. The event, sponsored by the student-run Immigration Reform Action Club, is free and open to the public.

Nazario is sharing stories from her national bestseller, Enrique’s Journey, a first-hand account of the boy’s journey as he travels through Mexico toward the United States to find his mother. After Nazario’s presentation, there will be a discussion on immigration with Kristine Suna-Koro, assistant professor of theology at Xavier, and Leo Pierson, instructor of sociology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Nazario, who writes for the Los Angeles Times, has spent 20 years writing about social justice issues. Her stories have featured domestic problems such as hunger, drug addiction and immigration.

In 2003, Nazario’s series of articles won more than a dozen awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Nazario expanded the series into the book, Enrique’s Journey, which is now required reading for students at schools across the United States. A graduate of Williams College, Nazario has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, she received an honorary doctorate from Mount St. Mary's College.

Learn more about Nazario and her book at her website.