Salon Series: Once I Was You, A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa

12:00pm EDT April 20

Join the John Brademas Center in welcoming Maria Hinojosa in conversation about her new book, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, with author and former WWE wrestler AJ Mendez. Maria will talk about her intimate experience growing up Mexican American on the South Side of Chicago. She will offer a personal and illuminating account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also sanctioned willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today.

Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. As Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by PRX, and Co-Host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Also check out AJ Mendez’s most recent book, Crazy is My Superpower.