Alfredo Corchado - "Homelands" - Michelle Shim

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Alfredo Corchado

“A mix of memoir and deep research into various Mexican and American political immigration issues, exploring complications of life on both sides of the border . . . An affecting, timely book.” – Kirkus Reviews

Alfredo Corchado discusses his book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Continents, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration. He will be joined in conversation by Michelle Shim. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

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About the book: When Alfredo Corchado moved to Philadelphia in 1987, he felt as if he was the only Mexican in the city. But in a restaurant called Tequilas, he connected with two other Mexican men and one Mexican American, all feeling similarly isolated. Over the next three decades, the four friends continued to meet, coming together over their shared Mexican roots and their love of tequila. One was a radical activist, another a restaurant/tequila entrepreneur, the third a lawyer/politician. Alfredo himself was a young reporter for the Wall Street Journal. 

Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today. It is the narrative of the United States in a painful economic and political transition. 

As we move into a divisive, nativist new era of immigration politics, Homelands is a must-read to understand the past and future of the immigrant story in the United States, and the role of Mexicans in shaping America's history. A deeply moving book full of colorful characters searching for home, it is essential reading.

About the author: Alfredo Corchado is the México Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico. He is a Nieman, Lannan, USMEX, Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller and Institute of Politics fellow and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Awards for Courage in Journalism. Corchado lives in Mexico City but calls the border home.

About the interlocutor: 
Michelle is a second year student at the University of Chicago pursuing a dual degree in English and Economics. She had the honor of meeting Alfredo during his Fellowship here at the Institute of Politics last spring — each Fellow is given a team of Fellows Ambassadors to be their liaisons to campus life, and she served as the Team Leader of Alfredo’s student Ambassadors. She also introduced David, Primitivo, and Kenneth, the three friends at the core of Homelands, for Alfredo’s panel discussion, Life as a Mexican-American Immigrant in 2017.
Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637