Author Sonia Nazario will be the keynote speaker at Lawrenceville’s annual Community Day. She will address Lawrentians on February 1 in the Kirby Arts Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. On Community Day, the entire School community gathers to learn about - share a spectrum of viewpoints – on a pressing social issue. This year’s theme is Liberty and Justice for All: Fulfilling the Promises of the American Dream.
“I had the opportunity to see Nazario speak at a previous conference and was incredibly moved by her remarks and her experiences witnessing the journey of young people who were fleeing violence and economic insecurity in their communities in Central America in search of the American Dream,” said Tran Kim-Senior, Lawrenceville’s coordinator of Intercultural Programs and an associate dean of admission. “I felt that Nazario would have a lot of valuable and insightful food for thought for us to digest as a community as we ponder the dynamic of the American dream because of her work tracing the journey of so many who have sacrificed in pursuit of said dream by traversing unimaginable dangers and conditions to create a new life in America.”
Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems -- hunger, drug addiction, immigration -- and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.
She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.
Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.
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.”
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. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.
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