Governor’s Lecture 2016
“Enrique’s Journey and America’s Immigration Dilemma”
featuring Sonia Nazario
Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.
Free public lecture
This was the first in the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues 2016-17 series “Crossing Borders” in addition to being sponsored by the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Initiative. The year 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, and programs are taking place across the nation with former Pulitzer winners, their prize-winning work and the journalistic and cultural values that the prizes represent. These range from talks by prize-winners, discussions of editorial cartooning and drama performances to radio programs on the life and work of novelists and nature walks celebrating Pulitzer-winning environmental journalism.
Sonia Nazario has spent more than two decades reporting and writing for newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her captivating series in the L.A. Times about a young Honduran boy on his brave odyssey to reunite with his mother in the United States. She later turned the series into the best-seller “Enrique’s Journey,” and now is at work on her second book.
Nazario’s lecture addressed one of the most challenging and divisive issues in our nation today: immigration. With a reporter’s eye to the truth, she humanized the issue and posed new perspectives that fall on both sides of conventional wisdom, while offering solutions intended to change the national dialogue on the influx of immigrants and the effect they have on our nation.
The 2016 Sower Award in the Humanities was also presented at the benefit dinner/reception prior to this event.