Sonia Nazario '82 Speaks on Her Bestseller 'Enrique's Journey'

Sonia Nazario
Sonia Nazario ’82

In 2015-2016, the Gaudino program partnered with Williams Reads to support programming around a single book—Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario ’82—that would be read and discussed by all incoming first-year students. The book, Nazario’s story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing and the George Polk Award for International Reporting.

The Gaudino Fund co-sponsored a campus visit and well-attended public talk by Nazario in September 2015. Associated programming throughout the year included community dialogues, a Super Storytime featuring members of the community who are immigrants to the U.S., work with the Berkshire Immigrant Center, and reflections from the students in the “Borderlands, Migration, and Indigenous Cultures,” Winter Study, who travelled in the area of Chiapas, Mexico, where part of Enrique’s Journey takes place.