On Thursday, September 23, Lees-McRae College will host author and journalist Paul Cuadros for a keynote address and book signing at 6:30 pm in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. Mr. Cuadros will focus on the topic of immigration, the theme of this fall’s Social Justice Series sponsored by Lees-McRae’s Global Community Center.
Paul Cuadros’s family moved to the United States from Peru in 1960. An award-winning investigative reporter, he has written for Time magazine and Salon.com, among other national publications. In 1999 Cuadros won an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship to write about the impact of the large numbers of Latino poultry workers in rural towns in the South. He moved to Pittsboro, North Carolina, to conduct his research and stayed on to document the growing Latino community in the Southeast.
Mr. Cuadros’s endeavors in North Carolina led to the publication of his first book, A Home on the Field (HarperCollins, 2006). The book chronicles his time working with the immigrant community of Siler City, North Carolina, including his unlikely stint as a soccer coach who led the local, mostly-Latino high school team to the state championship.
Mr. Cuadros is the recipient of the Inland Press Association Award sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Pew Charitable Trust Award for health care reporting, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalist award for on-line reporting. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and currently teaches at the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Chapel Hill.
“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Cuadros come to campus,” notes Scott Crawford, director of Lees-McRae’s Global Community Center. “His experience working with and writing about immigrant communities in the South will bring valuable perspective to our students, campus and local community—not to mention that Mr. Cuadros has first-hand experience as an immigrant himself.”
According to Crawford, Mr. Cuadros’s address will be the culmination of a week of programming focused on the topic of immigration. Other highlights will include a Q&A Panel Discussion to provide students a forum for discussion on current challenges surrounding the topic of immigration, a student-created “Wall of Fame” gallery to document contributions immigrants have made to U.S. society, and a “Campus Family Tree” to visually represent the widespread roots of the Lees-McRae College community.
Mr. Cuadros’s speech is free and open to the community. Please contact Scott Crawford at 828-898-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.