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After Hours: Jose Antonio Vargas

Friday, December 6th | 7:00pm

Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests.

What is the mental health toll of being undocumented in this nation? Jose Antonio Vargas, a product of the Bay Area and the most well-known undocumented immigrant in the country, presents an evening on immigration and what it means to be American.

Author of the best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Jose Antonio Vargas is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (2008, Washington Post), Emmy-nominated filmmaker (White People), and Tony-nominated producer (What the Constitution Means to Me). A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company.

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. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then produced and directed Documented, an autobiographical documentary feature film that aired on CNN and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

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Adults and high school students only.