Special Events

Undocumented: Conversation with Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Thursday, The Heyman Center, Common Room, Second Floor

“An undocumented immigrant’s journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton class”—Penguin Press.

In the summer of 2015, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a current postdoctoral fellow in the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, published his memoir, Undocumented: A  Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, Peralta spent some of his childhood at a New York City homeless shelter. And yet he ultimately thrived at the nation’s top schools, graduating from Princeton and receiving a doctorate in Classics from Stanford. While Peralta’s story is admittedly an exception rather than a norm, it provides us with important insights into some of the issues of critical significance in contemporary America, such as immigration, education, and social mobility. 

In this event, Dan-el Padilla Peralta discusses his memoir and experiences with three distinguished scholars of American immigration. General Q&A will follow a panel discussion by the four scholars.

For the press coverage of Peralta and his book, visit here.

Sponsored by the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University.