After writing hundreds of stories ' including covering the 2008 presidential campaign for The Washington Post; profiling Al Gore for Rolling Stone and Mark Zuckerberg for The New Yorker; writing and producing a documentary on the AIDS epidemic in the nation's capital; and winning a Pulitzer Prize for helping cover the Virginia Tech massacre ' Jose wrote an essay in the New York Times Sunday Magazine that revealed he is an "undocumented immigrant". Since then, he founded Define American and has worked to facilitate dialogue about the DREAM Act and immigration issues.
This lecture is part of the University YMCA's fall series, Beyond the Rhetoric: Key Issues in the 2012 Elections. This semester's free, public lectures will feature expert views on vital policy questions and shed light on local, state, and national races as they unfold. Lectures take place September 14 - November 2, every Friday at 12 noon. All lectures are free and open to the public. Lunch available ($6.25/3.00 student). Sponsored by the University YMCA, La Colectiva, Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation, Channing-Murray Foundation, Chapel of St. John the Divine/Episcopal Church and Foundation, First Mennonite Church, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, and Wesley Church and Foundation. Paid for by SORF. For more information on each lecture, visit: universityymca.org/friday_forum/