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New school's namesake to speak

Jose Antonio Vargas in conversation with Vargas Elementary principal May 13 at Mountain View CPA

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Mountain View High School alum, is coming to town to speak on Monday, May 13. Vargas, an advocate for immigrant rights and the undocumented, received national attention in 2011 when he came out as undocumented and launched a national campaign called Define American.

The conversation will be moderated by Michael Jones at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Jones is principal of the new Jose Antonio Vargas elementary school, opening this fall on the former Slater school site. Doors open at 6 p.m, and the event is free and open to the public.

In 2018, Vargas released his memoir, "Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen." His storytelling, openness and vulnerability received praise from those in the political world, such as President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, as well as other activist-authors, like Michelle Alexander and Amy Tan.

A question-and-answer session will follow the conversation. The event is funded by the Friends of the Mountain View Library and the Mountain View Library. More information is online.

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