Maria Hinojosa - "Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America" - Virtual Event

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa will discuss Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. She will be joined in conversation by Jose Antonio Vargas.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event



About the book: Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who has collaborated with the most respected networks and is known for bringing humanity to her reporting. In this beautifully-rendered memoir, she relates the history of US immigration policy that has brought us to where we are today, as she shares her deeply personal story. In Once I Was You, Maria shares her intimate experience growing up Mexican American on the south side of Chicago and documenting the existential wasteland of immigration detention camps for news outlets that often challenged her work. In these pages, she offers a personal and eye-opening account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also enabled willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today. This honest and heartrending memoir paints a vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth. Once I Was You is an urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all. Also available in Spanish as Una vez fui tú.

About the author: Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning winning journalist, anchor and executive producer of the Peabody award-winning show Latino USA, the co-host of The Thick, and founder of Futuro Media. Hinojosa is also anchor and executive producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers. She is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a frequent guest on MSNBC. Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as a journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo credit: Kevin Abosch.

About the interlocutor: Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American. He is the author of the memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen and co-producer of Heidi Schreck’s Tony-nominated Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me. Vargas produced and directed Documented, an autobiographical documentary, which was nominated for a NAACP Outstanding Documentary Award. Vargas is the producer and director of the Emmy-nominated television special White People. Among accolades Vargas has received are the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA and honorary degrees from Emerson College, Colby College, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US.

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