Bakersfield College

Distinguished Speaker: Sonia Nazario 7PM

Sonia Nazario

Author | Journalist | Immigration

On Immigration and Journalism

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
7 p.m. | Forum 101

This event is free and open to the public. To ensure guaranteed seating, fill out the Event Registration form on the Social Justice Institute website. Free public parking is available in P3 (solar lots near the corner of Panorama and Mt. Vernon.

The presentation is a casual conversation between the founder of Studiotobe, Joaquin Alvarado, and Sonia Nazario, an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration. Nazario is a fluent Spanish speaker of Jewish ancestry whose personal history includes living in Argentina during the so-called dirty war, she is a passionate and dynamic speaker.

When a national crisis erupted in 2014 over the detention of unaccompanied immigrant children at the border, Nazario returned to Honduras to report an article that was published in The New York Times in July. In her piece, she detailed the violence causing the exodus and argued that it is a refugee crisis, not an immigration crisis.

Nazario spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues for U.S. newspapers. She is best known for Enrique’s Journey, her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother. Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. However, he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Enrique's Journey book cover

Speaker Biography

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012, Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.” Nazario has won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College.

Eric Schlosser author portrait

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Oliver Rosales, Professor of Social Science
Brought to you as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series in collaboration with California Humanities, the Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation, Norman Levan Center for the Humanities, and the Social Justice Institute of Bakersfield College.

Date & Time: 
Tue, 10/09/2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Forum 101