Looking into the faces of immigration

Award-winning Colombian author to share her stirring written portraits of struggle and survival at upcoming Fairfield University reading

image: Adriana PáramoAdriana Páramo, a cultural anthropologist, writer and women's rights advocate, will read from her two memoirs on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Kelley Center Presentation Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Páramo is the author of "Looking for Esperanza: The Story of a Mother, a Child Lost, and Why They Matter to Us," winner of the 2011 Benu Press Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Nonfiction. Páramo immersed herself in the world of undocumented women toiling in the Florida fields to explore the story of an immigrant mother who walked the desert from Mexico to the U.S. Páramo is also the author of the memoir "My Mother's Funeral," a book in which she recreates her Colombian mother's life in order to understand her own.

Part of the Politics & Memoir series, this talk is supported by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences; the MFA in Creative Writing Program; the Writing Center; the departments of History, Sociology and Anthropology, Politics, and English; the programs in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies; the Office of Service Learning; and the Center for Faith and Public Life.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hastings, ehastings@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688.

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 17, 2014

Vol. 47, No. 48

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