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International Seminar Series: “Resisting Silence: The Narrative of an Undocumented Mexican Immigrant
Title of Presentation: Resisting Silence: The Narrative of an Undocumented Mexican Immigrant
Speaker: José Ángel N.
Presentation Overview: The stretch between Tijuana and San Diego is long. Very long. And it is as treacherous as it is beautiful. It is unlikely that anybody who has ever crossed it will easily forget it. Its desert-like landscape is bound to carve itself equally onto body and soul. Once this turf is trodden, the tiredness, the awe, and the terror experienced along these trails become permanent memories. Some take away a cactus scratch that eventually scars. Others momentarily succumb to the sheer magnitude of the heavens, the number of stars, the depth of night. A few are left behind to join the landscape.
Speaker Bio: José Ángel N. came to the United States from Mexico in the 1990s with a ninth grade education. An undocumented immigrant, José Ángel traveled to Chicago where he found access to ESL and GED classes. He eventually attended college and graduate school and became a professional translator. José Ángel is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2018 series will focus on immigration.