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Johns Hopkins University’s Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, in conjunction with the Forums on Race and the Foreign Affairs Symposium, will host Dan-el Padilla Peralta for the 2017 Richard A. Macksey lecture. He will discuss his book Undocumented. Dan-el Padilla Peralta arrived legally in New York as a young boy with his family, but when their visas lapsed when Dan-el was in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. Dan-el, his mother and brother lived in a downtown shelter where his only refuge was the meager library. With the help of a young volunteer, Dan-el was accepted on scholarship to Collegiate, the oldest private school in the country. From Collegiate, Dan-el went on to Princeton, where he made the momentous decision to come out as an undocumented student in a Wall Street Journal profile a few months before he gave the salutatorian’s traditional address in Latin at his commencement. After attaining his doctoral degree in classics at Columbia University, he has since returned to Princeton as assistant professor. Dan-el’s memoir, Undocumented, is essential reading for the debate on immigration, but it is also an unforgettable tale of a passionate young scholar coming of age in two very different worlds.
TIME & DATE
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:00pm