Global Issues Conference

Feb. 23 and 25, 2021

Unforgetting – Family, Migration, Healing

The annual Global Issues Conference is a collaboration between VIDA and LEAD (Latinx Empowerment at De Anza) that provides a platform for students to share their research and ideas. 

Global Issues ConferenceIn line with the college's institutional core competencies, the conference is an opportunity for students to recognize their role as local, national and global citizens.

It is our hope that the workshops in the conference encourage students to participate in the democratic process, practice respect for social and cultural diversity, appreciate the complexity of the physical world, and understand the significance of environmental sustainability.

This year's conference will be held on Feb. 23 and 25, as we explore the theme of "Unforgetting: Family, Migration, Healing."

  • Part 1 on Feb. 23 will be a screening and discussion of the film "Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America."
  • Part 2 on Feb. 25 will be a talk by Roberto Lovato, journalist and author of "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs and Revolution in the Americas." (Read more about him below.)

Featured Speaker on Feb. 25: Roberto Lovato

Roberto LovatoRoberto Lovato is the author of "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs and Revolution in the Americas," a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” that the paper also hailed as a “powerful” nonfiction book and a “groundbreaking memoir.” Newsweek listed Lovato’s memoir as a “must read” 2020 book and the Los Angeles Times listed it as one of its 20 Best Books of 2020.

Lovato is also an educator, journalist and writer based at The Writers Grotto in San Francisco. As a co-founder of #DignidadLiteraria, he helped build a movement advocating for equity and literary justice for the more than 60 million Latinx persons left off of bookshelves in the United States and out of the national dialogue.

A recipient of a reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center, Lovato has reported on numerous issues –violence, terrorism, the drug war and the refugee crisis – from Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, France and the United States, among other countries.

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To learn more about previous conferences in this series, please visit the LEAD Global Issues Conference webpage. 

Did you missed this event? No need to worry! Here is the recording for Part 2.

Global Issues Conference Part 2, Unforgetting: Family, Migration, & Healing 

Picture of Roberto Lovato Picture of Javier Zamora

Comments from the audience:

"love your cadence emphasizing emotions and experience…"
"amazing - thank you for waking my spirit today!"
"Not to be dramatic, but I cried a bit lol"
"The beauty of embracing culture"
"Thank you for everyone one who organized this event. Thank you to LOVATO and ZAMORA <3"
"healing and connecting together <3"
"creating community is the beauty of these events !"
"wanna appreciate everyone here! Especially our guest speakers ! thank you for sharing your stories and beautiful words"
"Thank you so much you to Roberto and Javier for their amazing presentation, your work is absolutely beautiful and it is amazing to hear from you"
"Learning is amazing, we went through that growing process today. Thank you!"
"great event, thank you so much to everyone and thank you Roberto, amazing work"
"Thank you, it was such an honor to be here nd hear from both Roberto and Javier. You are such inspiring human beings <3 Your works are beautiful and really do talk to the heart!!"

Part 1: Harvest of Empire

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021
  • 10 a.m. – Noon

Harvest of empire

Part 1 of the conference will be a screening of the film "Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America," followed by a discussion in community.

Part 2: Roberto Lovato

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
  • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


In Part 2, we will hear from Roberto Lovato, journalist and author of "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs and Revolution in the Americas."

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