Seminole State Speaker Series presents: Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Acclaimed Filmmaker, and Immigration Advocate kicks off 2021-22 Speaker Series

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Written by: Mark Richardson

Seminole State College of Florida's Speaker Series will host its first event for the 2021-22 academic year on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. with a Zoom webinar panel discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, acclaimed filmmaker, and immigration advocate Jose Antonio Vargas.

  • When: Thursday, Sept 16, 2021, 7p.m. - virtual via
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  • Topic: An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas, author of
    Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
    Cover of the book Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Vargas was born in the Philippines in 1993 and at the age of 12 came to the United States to live with his grandparents. At age 16, he found out he was in the U.S. illegally.  

In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant and in 2018, Vargas’ memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published. 

Vargas is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture change organization that uses the power of narrative to humanize conversations about immigrants. Passionate about the role of arts in society and promoting equity in education, he serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students. 

Vargas will share his personal story during his presentation, which will include a Q&A session.

Seminole State’s Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Addition Financial. All Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Each session, which will be presented via Zoom webinar, will open at 6:45 p.m. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The views expressed by speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Seminole State College of Florida, its Board of Trustees, employees, students, alumni or partners.

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About the Speaker Series

Each year, the Seminole State Speaker Series welcomes speakers representing diverse views and interests. The Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Addition Financial. For more information and view a list of previous speakers at Seminole State, visit