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Sunday, June 14 • 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Coming to America: The immigrant experience

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Maria Laurino

Maria Laurino is the author of The Italian Americans: A History, the companion book to the PBS documentary series, as well as the memoirs, Old World Daughter, New World Mother, a meditation on contemporary feminism, and the national bestseller, Were You Always an Italian?, an exploration of ethnic identity. | Laurino began her career as a staff writer at the Village Voice. She left the Voice to serve as the chief speechwriter to former New York... Read More →

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Maria E. Andreu

Maria E. Andreu is a writer and speaker whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com, and the Newark Star Ledger. THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is her debut novel. She was born in Spain, lived in Argentina for two years, and crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. at the age of eight. An American citizen due to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Maria currently lives in New Jersey. | Her debut YA novel, THE SECRET... Read More →
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Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and former executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media justice, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Ms. Magazine. She is the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. | In her lyrical coming-of-age memoir... Read More →
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Mona Rodriguez

Mona Rodriguez is a mathematician, environmentalist, and a mother of twins who had a story to tell. Throughout her life, she had heard many stories from family members that were fascinating, sometimes even unbelievable, and decided to piece together the puzzle of tales. What she learned in the process is that human emotions have been the same throughout generations - the difference is how people are molded and maneuvered by the times and their... Read More →
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Sung J. Woo

Sung J. Woo‘s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, PEN/Guernica, and KoreAm Journal. His debut novel, Everything Asian (2009), has received praises from The Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews (starred review), the Chicago Sun-Times, and won the 2010 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award (Youth category). In 2014, Everything Asian was chosen for Coming Together in Skokie and Niles... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:40pm
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE