Informed Perspectives: Religion, Migration, and Democracy

Sep 22

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Zoom Webinar

How can we reframe the conversation about migration at the U.S.-Mexico border to give immigrants a voice? What’s the antidote to compliant media outlets that help drive anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, and anti-Black sentiment in the United States? In this webinar, award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa (NPR’s Latino USA) and UVA Professor Micheline Aharonian Marcom (The New American Story Project) talk about the ways their respective work elevates the voices and perspectives of Latin@s, immigrants, and people of color who are trying to make a life in the United States. Jessica Marroquín, ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow at the University of Chicago, will moderate the conversation. 

The first 50 people to register and attend the webinar will receive a copy of Maria Hinojosa’s recent memoir, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America.

Informed Perspectives brings together scholars, journalists, and documentarians to explore the relationship between religion, race, and politics.

Sponsored by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs

(Photo © Tomas Ayuso)


As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show from WGBH Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. As Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, and Co-Host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Micheline Aharonian Marcom has published seven novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. Her latest book, The New American, recently published by Simon & Schuster, is about a DREAMer who is deported to Guatemala and his journey home to California. She is the founder and Creative Director of The New American Story Project, a living archive of voices exploring the forces of migration and the lives of new Americans. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. 


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