Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author Jonathan Freedman to Lead Drop-in Writing Workshop at Notre Dame de Namur University

Weekly seminar open to all students at the campus

For Immediate Release (8/18/2017)

Belmont, Calif.—Jonathan Freedman, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his prophetic editorials calling for immigration reform, is scheduled to hold an open writing seminar in fall semester for students at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU).

Jonathan Freedman. Photo by Gabriela Reni/The Guardsman.

“NDNU is so grateful to have Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Freedman volunteer his time and services at our campus’s Writing Center in fall 2017,” said Assistant Professor Pearl Chaozon Bauer, who has worked with Freedman to set up the seminar. “In this drop-in workshop, he hopes to help as many students as he can find their voices as a way to empowerment.” Chaozon Bauer has also collaborated with Freedman to conduct joint writing workshops for NDNU students and women living at the Catherine Center, a residential program for the recently incarcerated.

Freedman received the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his editorials at The Tribune of San Diego calling for passage of major immigration reform. He is now coediting Solito, Solita: Youth Migrants from Central America, a book of narratives by youth who emigrated to the U.S., telling their stories in their own words. Freedman is also the author of the novel The Last Brazil of Benjamin East; as well as Wall of Fame: One Teacher, One Class, and the Power to Save Schools and Transform Lives; and From Cradle to Grave: The Human Face of Poverty in America.


Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 48-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.


Zack Rogow
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