The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, in Conjunction with Classics, The Forums on Race in America, the Foreign Affairs Symposium, and The Racism, Immigration & Citizenship Program is proud to present the Richard A. Macksey lecture:
“Undocumented”: A presentation by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Dan-el Padilla Peralta arrived legally in New York as a young boy with his family, but when their visas lapsed when Dan-el was in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. Dan-el, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where his only refuge was the meager library. With the help of a young volunteer, Dan-el was accepted on scholarship to Collegiate, the oldest private school in the country. From Collegiate, Dan-el went on to Princeton, where he made the momentous decision to come out as an undocumented student in a Wall Street Journal profile a few months before he gave the salutatorian’s traditional address in Latin at his commencement. After attaining his doctoral degree in classics at Stanford University, Dan-el went on to become a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and has since returned to Princeton as assistant professor. Dan-el Padilla’s memoir, Undocumented, is essential reading for the debate on immigration, but it is also an unforgettable tale of a passionate young scholar coming of age in two very different worlds.