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Panel Discussion: Illegal Child Immigration

Talks by former state assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson and UCSB and SBCC professors will focus on the UCSB Reads 2010 theme, "Beyond Borders," and book selection Enrique's Journey.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures

Description:

The first of eight panel discussions of *Enrique's Journey.* These "community conversations" are sponsored by UCSB Reads and Santa Barbara Reads, the annual reading programs that promote the reading and discussion of a book that illustrates a theme. This year's theme is "Beyond Borders: the human experience." The book chosen for discussion, *Enrique's Journey:The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother,* by Sonia Nazario, allows us a glimpse of life beyond the political and cultural border between the United States and its southern neighbors.

It is the true story of a Honduran boy who makes the treacherous journey from his family home in the slums of Tegucigalpa through Guatemala and Mexico to try to reach his mother, who had left years earlier to work in the United States. On this journey Enrique and other migrants, many of them children, make their way by riding on the tops of trains, accepting help from strangers, running from bandits and police, and risking life and limb to get across the border.

Today's panelists will be UCSB Prof. Ralph Armbruster, SBCC Dean Alice Scharper, SBCC Prof. Joe Martorana, and former California Assembly member Hannah-Beth Jackson.

Copies of the book are available from all public library branches in both English and Spanish. The author won a Pulitzer Prize for the series of LA Times articles upon which the book was based, and she will appear at UCSB's Campbell Hall on February 11 at 7:30 PM in a free public talk.

The Eastside Library discussion on February 24 will be in Spanish as will the February 26 discussion in Carpinteria. All community members are invited to attend the discussions whether or not they have read the book yet. There are also several film screenings planned at the Central Library. Check the library website for updated information. Or call 564-5604.

Phone: 805-962-7653

Event posted Jan. 27, 2010
Last updated Jan. 27, 2010

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