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'Enrique's Journey' Photographer to Speak at CSUB

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Don Bartletti, who spent much of his career documenting the lives of immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, will speak a 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Walter Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield.

“Immigration is a particularly timely topic right now, and Mr. Bartletti’s talk is sure to be enlightening,” said Library Dean Curt Asher. “We are honored to have his photography
exhibited here.”

Bartletti won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for his photos in the Los Angeles Times that chronicled the dangerous rail journey of a Honduran teenager as he traveled north to the United States.

Sonia Nazario, the author of a six-part series in the newspaper that Bartletti’s photos accompanied, also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Nazario’s book, which resulted from the newspaper project, went on to become a national bestseller. CSUB as well as dozens of other universities selected the book as a common reader in 2014.

Bartletti will discuss the lives he chronicled during his long career on the border in his talk, titled, “The Road Most Traveled: Causes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration.” Sociology
professors Gonzalo Santos and Marisa Sanchez will lead questioning and discussion after the talk.

The Pulitzer Committee described the photos as a “memorable portrayal of how undocumented Central American youths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the United States.”

“Enrique’s Journey: The Pulitzer Winning Photography of Don Barletti” wll be exhibited at the library’s Wall Gallery from Oct. 10 through Dec. 19. Barletti’s talk is part of the CSUB library’s Walter Presents Series and is co-sponsored by the CSUB Sociology Department.

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