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Asian Cultural Dinner

Tuesday, April 12, 5:00 pm7:00 pm


University Housing Services welcomes Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer Jose Antonio Vargas as the featured speaker for the Asian Cultural Dinner on April 12 at 5 p.m. in Illinois State University’s Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center.

A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, Vargas founded the non-profit media advocacy organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. In 2020, Fortune magazine named him one of its “40 under 40” most influential people in government and politics.

Dinner guests will enjoy a meal catered by Illinois State University Catering featuring a variety of cuisines from the Philippines. Tickets for the dinner are available here for $20, or meal plan holders may use a meal swipe to make a reservation in exchange for one meal. Tickets are available online until April 5 or until sold out.

A special thank you to the following campus partners that will assist in the planning and implementation of this event: Association of Residence Halls, Cardinal Court Leadership Association, Tri-Towers Leadership Association, Hewett-Manchester Leadership Association, Watterson Leadership Association, Event Management, Dining and Hospitality, and Latin American and Latino/a Studies.

For more details about the event, visit Housing.IllinoisState.edu.

About our speaker:   

Vargas started his career at The Washington Post, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2008. He gained national acclaim in 2011 when The New York Times Magazine published his groundbreaking essay in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. Vargas’ best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. His second book, White Is Not a Country, will be published by Pantheon Books in 2023.


Tuesday, April 12
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm