Day of Dialogue XI: Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and local Columbia University professor, Mirta Ojito will discuss her experiences as author of Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town. In November 2008 in Patchogue, New York, 37-year-old undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers who had decided that night to go hunting for what they referred to as “beaners.” After Lucero’s murder, Patchogue was placed in the eye of a political storm regarding immigration, hate crimes, and tolerance in small towns. As we approach the 5-year anniversary of Marcelo Lucero’s death, it is important to recognize that hunting season isn’t over.

Mirta Ojito, a newspaper reporter since 1987, has worked for the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, The New York Times, where she covered immigration, among other beats, for the Metro desk. She has received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for a series of articles in the Times about race in America. She is the author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus and teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City, where she lives with her three children.


Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Cultural Center Theater

Special Guest: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mirta Ojito

Introduction by: Professor Kristal Zook, Dept. of Journalism


For the full schedule of events, visit Day of Dialogue XI Schedule


Presented by the Hofstra University Center for Civic Engagement


Wednesday, October 23, 2013



Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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