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Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario speaks at Gustavus | The Gustavian Weekly

By Krystal Bundy Staff Writer | September 25, 2009 | Variety

Sonia Nazario has inspired people all over the country through her writings and will be speaking at Gustavus on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  Submitted.

Sonia Nazario has inspired people all over the country through her writings and will be speaking at Gustavus on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Submitted.

Aided by the Isabel Allende Foundation, Olga Sanchez built a bakery where mutilated migrants can work and raise money for prosthetics and medical treatments. In San Diego, a school started a campaign to raise money for Guatemalan women. Individuals have been compelled to act as well. They’ve sent money. They’ve sent clothing. They’ve sent gratitude and love and grace.

These are only a few of the good deeds inspired by the publication of Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey (more information can be found at www.enriquesjourney.com). In addition to inspiring so many people to do something for their fellow human beings, this book has also immensely raised awareness about desperation, immigration and the devastating effects that tend to follow.

“Enrique’s Journey really opened my eyes. … It gave a face to the discussion about immigration,” Senior Biochem and Molecular Biology Major Haley Prittinen said, who is also one of the students on the Reading In Common book selection committee.

“[The book] really makes you question your own morals and what you believe,” Senior Psychology Major Kyle Goodfellow said, who is also on the book selection committee.

“It is certainly enlightening,” Director of Student Activities Megan Ruble said.

While not everyone can be a devoted philanthropist, everyone can think. Books like Enrique’s Journey do so much more than encourage temporary solutions. Books like Enrique’s Journey cause entire nations to think, so that permanent action can take place. A little awareness can go a long way.

The response to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Enrique’s Journey has been overwhelming. Gustavus students can join in this response by attending Sonia Nazario’s lecture on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall. For those interested there will also be a book signing at the St. Peter Public Library from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come along and see what all the buzz is about.