Romance Languages Celebrates Professor’s New Book and Students’ Volunteerism
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is hosting a reception to celebrate the publication of Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Professor Valeria Luiselli, as well as to honor the work of La TIIA (Teenage Immigration Integration Association), a student organization she helped inspire. This reception will be held on Wednesday, April 12, during common hour (11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) at the Mack Student Center, Room 145. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.
Professor Luiselli’s book is structured around 40 questions she has translated and asked undocumented Latin American children facing deportation. It humanizes young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear—both here and back home.
La TIIA is run by a group of volunteer Hofstra students. They support recently-arrived teenage refugees from Central America during their challenging integration process into the USA. La TIIA works with these high school students, who currently reside in the surrounding Hofstra area, through one-on-one English classes, college preparatory assistance, soccer games, and social get-togethers.
Professor Luiselli is the winner of a 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her novel, The Story of My Teeth and the first author of Mexican heritage to be nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for a work of fiction. When she joined the Hofstra faculty in 2015 she volunteered as an interpreter in the court system for immigrant children and adolescents. This work inspired her students to form La TIAA.
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