Author Reyna Grande to Speak at Montclair State

Latino/a Caucus’ second annual lecture series event features award-winning author

Photo courtesy of Reyna Grande

Renowned author, speaker, and educator Reyna Grande will be the featured speaker at a special lecture series event to be held at Montclair State University’s Student Center Annex in Ballroom A on Thursday, March 3, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the University’s Latino/a Caucus, the event is free and open to all members of the University community and the public.

A talented author and engaging speaker, Reyna Grande is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Across A Hundred Mountains, for which she received an American Book Award in 2007 and the El Premio Aztlan Literary Award in 2006. Her latest novel, Dancing with Butterflies, was published in October 2009 to rave reviews. It received a 2010 International Latino Book Award in its “Best Women’s Issues” category.

Born in Mexico in 1975, Grande had a difficult childhood. When she was just two years old, her parents left her behind to find work in the U.S. She was raised by her grandparents until, at the age of nine, she was finally able to come to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant.

With courage and persistence, however, she overcame all her obstacles and went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She has since earned a graduate degree and in addition to being a successful author, she is an in-demand speaker at schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. Grande is the program coordinator of the Latino Book and Family Festival and is currently at work on a memoir.

This event is the second annual lecture series event to be sponsored by the Latino/a Caucus, which serves as a forum for the discussion and inquiry of matters and issues important to Latino faculty and staff at Montclair State University.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Academic Development and Assessment, the Center for Writing Excellence, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of the Arts, the Creative Research Center, the Department of Human Resources, the Division of Student Development and Campus Life, the English Department, Latin American and Latino Studies, the Latin American Student Organization, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, the Multicultural Psychology Student Association, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President’s Commission on Affirmative Action and Diversity, the Psychology Club, the Spanish and Italian Department, the Upward Bound Program, and the Women and Gender Studies Program.

Please join us for what promises to be a motivating and inspirational program!