Past events

Sonia has spoken at more than 400 universities, colleges, high schools, conferences, libraries, book clubs, and events.

2017

  • Glenbard Schools, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Summit on School Climate and Culture, Des Moines Public School, IA
  • Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)’s Global Educator’s Conference, Chadwick School, Palos Verdes, CA
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Keynote, Boston University’s Power of Narrative Conference, Boston, MA
  • Weston High School, Weston, MA
  • University of Southern California Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego State University Social Work Conference and Escuela de Trabajo Social Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Annual Gala, Minneapolis, MN
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
  • TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue talk, Washington D.C.
  • Puente 9th Grade Student Leadership Conference, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
  • George D. Nickel Award Recipient, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, IN

2016

  • International High School at Langley Park and Largo, Langley Park, MD
  • Mullen High School, Denver, CO
  • Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) Award to Sonia Nazario, Houston, TX
  • Jones Day Unaccompanied Children Program — Root Causes of the Migration, Dallas, TX
  • Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Northern California Puente 9th Grade Student Leadership Conference, CSU Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
  • California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
  • West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
  • Mission College, Santa Clara, CA
  • Rider University, Lawrence Township, NJ
  • Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
  • California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary/CETYS Universidad, Tijuana, San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico
  • Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL), Kansas City, MO
  • Humanities Nebraska Governor’s Lecture, Lincoln, NE
  • Game Changer Series, Bismarck, ND
  • Sycamore School & Miami University, Cincinnati, OH
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • San Mateo Community College, Redwood City, CA
  • Imagine Learning Chicago Conference partnered with ALAS, Chicago, IL
  • American Immigration Council, American Heritage Award Recipient Sonia Nazario, Las Vegas, NV
  • American Jewish Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society Convention, Alexandria, VA
  • Black River Technical College, Pocahantas, AR
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
  • University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point, WI
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Immigrants’ List Fundraiser, Los Angeles, CA
  • Puente Project Northern Region Educators Conference, Walnut Creek, CA
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Women’s History Month Celebration 2016, WI
  • Albany State University Literary Festival, Albany, GA
  • Colorado State University, Pueblo, CO
  • Texas Council Teachers of English, Austin, TX
  • Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA
  • Puente Project Cal State Fullerton, CA – 9th Grade Student Leadership Conference
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice Fundraiser, Miami, FL
  • Congregation Tikvat Jacob, Manhattan Beach, CA

2015

2014

  • National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, D.C.
  • Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation 12th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
  • California Immigrant Policy Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Global Washington 6th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Overlake High School, Redmond, WA
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • NAIS People of Color Conference, Closing keynote session, Indianapolis, IN
  • University of La Verne, common read, La Verne, CA
  • The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • College of Charleston, SC
  • New Haven Public Schools, CT
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY
  • Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL
  • Texas Association of Bilingual Educators, McAllen, TX
  • Catch the Next & Puente Project at South Texas College, McAllen, TX
  • American Jewish Committee, in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center, Illinois Women for Compassionate Immigration Reform, luncheon and lecture, Chicago IL
  • Utah Valley University, Orem, UT
  • Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance of California, luncheon keynote, San Francisco, CA
  • California Teachers of English, fall conference, luncheon keynote, Whittier, CA
  • California State University at Bakersfield, common read, Bakersfield, CA
  • Los Medanos College, keynote speaker, Pittsburg, CA
  • Holy Names University, common read, Oakland, CA
  • Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • The Union League Club, Chicago, IL
  • National Council of Teachers of English, opening keynote at annual conference, Washington, DC
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
  • Rice University, Houston, TX
  • University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • Honduras Good Works Fundraiser, Austin, TX
  • Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX
  • Greenberg Traurig, Miami, FL
  • Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Tucson, AZ
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy, A Conversation with Sonia Nazario, Oakland, CA
  • Hope Leadership Institute Summit, San Francisco, CA
  • Narrative Journalism Initiative of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • James Lick Middle School, San Francisco, CA
  • Legal Services for Children Fundraiser, San Francisco, CA
  • Qlovi Virtual Author Reading, qlovi.com/qa
  • Las Comadres National Book Club, lascomadres.com/lco
  • Institute for Justice & Journalism, Norman, OK
  • Las Comadres Book of the Month Author Event, Los Angeles, CA
  • Social Justice Humanitas, San Fernando, CA
  • Northern Valley High School District, Demarest, NJ
  • Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
  • National School Board Assn. Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA
  • California Assn. of Bilingual Educators, Anaheim, CA
  • Center for Science and Innovation, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
  • Blanche Collins Forum, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, CA
  • Wyoming Reads, Wyoming, MI
  • The Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, FL
  • Tennessee Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Annual Conference, Nashville, TN
  • American Bar Assn. Section of Litigation Winter Leadership Meeting, San Diego, CA

2013

  • Environmental Science & Technology High School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Esteban E. Torres High School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Americas Latino Festival, Denver & Boulder, CO
  • With Different Eyes Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • On The Same Page Community-wide read, Watsonville, CA
  • Gwinnett Kids Read Too, Gwinnett County’s One Book One for Children, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Norcross High School, Norcross, GA
  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Manhattan College, Common Read, New York City, NY
  • Pennsylvania Migrant Education Conference, Harrisburg, PA
  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • University of North Texas, Mayborn Conference, Denton, TX
  • DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Summer Institute for Teachers, Chicago, IL
  • United Nations, Panel Discussion on International Migration and Development, New York, NY
  • Whittier College, Commencement Speaker, Whittier, CA
  • Harvard University’s Radcliffe institute for Advanced Study, Opening Address, Cambridge, MA
  • Hispanicize 2013, Miami, FL
  • Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY

2012

  • Peru State College, Peru, NE
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
  • New Tech High School at Jefferson High School, Gertz-Ressler High School, Los Angeles, CA
  • California Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
  • Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference of the Assn. of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Phoenix, AZ
  • Regis University, Denver, CO
  • The University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake, Collaborative Teaching of English Language Learners Spring Institute, Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles Leadership Academy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, convocation
  • Colorado Department of Education Statewide Migrant Education Conference, Denver, CO
  • Adams State College, Alamosa, CO
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
  • Cabrini College, Radnor Township, PA
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
  • Newman University, Wichita, KS
  • Hesston College, Hesston, KS
  • Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA
  • Colorado Assn. for Bilingual Education Conference, Littleton, CO
  • William Smith High School, Aurora, CO
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
  • One Book One Denver, McNichols Building at the Civic Center Park, Denver, CO
  • HIAS Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Bar Assn., Philadelphia, PA
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul & Minneapolis Club, St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN
  • Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
  • Catholic Legal Services Annual Dinner, Miami, FL
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL
  • News Xchange 2012 conference, Barcelona, Spain
  • Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA

2011

  • Capital University, Columbus, OH
  • Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
  • Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, TX
  • De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College, common book
  • Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA
  • Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
  • Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA, common read
  • Lawrence High School, Lawrence, MA
  • Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
  • Puente Project, Keynote for the Annual Puente 9th Grade Southern California Conference, University of California, Riverside
  • The Different Faces of Immigration: Exploring the Immigrant Experience through Literature, Film and Theatre. Panelists: Sonia Nazario, Reyna Grande, Josefina Lopez, Laila Lalami, Ligiah Villalobos, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA
  • Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, common read
  • Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL, freshman read
  • Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, freshman read
  • Sacramento City Community College, Sacramento, CA
  • San Joaquin County Office of Education, Stockton, CA
  • Notre Dame High School, San Jose, CA
  • Millersville University, Millersville, PA
  • Marian High School, Omaha, NE, summer read
  • Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • SUNY College of Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY, freshman read
  • Elon University, Elon, NC
  • Academy of the Pacific Rim High School, Hyde Park, MA
  • Lasell College, Newton, MA, common read, Donahue Distinguished Scholar
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • California Reading and Literature Conference, University of California, Irvine
  • Metro State College, Denver, CO, One Book Read, 2011 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship
  • American Bar Assn. Fall Meeting & National Solo and Small Firm Conference, Denver, CO, Luncheon Keynote
  • Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Go Big Read
  • Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ, common read
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Whitewater, WI

2010

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, all-campus read
  • California Assn. of Teachers of English convention, Los Angeles
  • Puente Project at California State University, Fullerton
  • American Business Women’s Assn., Peninsula Chapter, CA
  • Puente Project, Riverside, CA
  • Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA, freshman read
  • Latina Luncheon fundraiser for El Concilio non-profit, Stockton, CA
  • Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA
  • Newport Beach Literacy Services fundraiser, Newport Beach, CA
  • Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA, commencement
  • American Bar Assn. Equal Justice Conference, Keynote, Phoenix, AZ
  • California Lutheran University, California Reading and Literature Project, Thousand Oaks
  • San Joaquin County Office of Education, Stockton, CA
  • University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL
  • Honduras Good Works fundraiser, Austin, TX
  • BookPeople book store, Austin, TX
  • Texas A&M, College Station, freshman read
  • Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, freshman read
  • East Los Angeles Public Library
  • Flintridge Preparatory Academy, La Canada-Flintridge, CA
  • Los Angeles Latino Book Fair & Festival, California State University, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California, Fall 2010 Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Issues
  • Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
  • Puente Project, Fresno State, Fresno, CA
  • City of Memphis, One City, One Book events
  • Puente Project, UC Davis

2009

  • Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Plymouth, MI
  • Facing History and Ourselves, Chicago
  • Facing History and Ourselves, Cleveland
  • University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • Santa Ana High School, CA
  • Santa Fe Springs, CA One City, One Book read events
  • National School Board Assn. annual conference, San Diego, CA
  • Newark Academy, Livingston, NJ
  • Literary Guild of Orange County, Irvine, CA
  • 7th Annual HEART Brunch, Los Angeles, CA
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH, convocation and freshman read
  • Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, convocation series speaker and freshman read
  • UNICEF, Los Angeles, CA
  • Aledo United Methodist Church, Aledo, TX
  • Bishop Dunne Catholic High School, Dallas, TX
  • Laredo, TX One City, One Book read events
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, freshman read
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, freshman read
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
  • Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH, freshman read
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers
  • Central College, Pella, IA, freshman read
  • Whittier College, Whittier, CA
  • San Francisco Human Services Agency
  • Puente Project at University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, freshman read
  • Towson University, Towson, MD
  • Moderating event with Nicholas Kristof and KANEKO, Omaha, NE
  • National Council of Teachers of English, annual convention, Philadelphia

2008

  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • California School Boards Association, San Jose, CA
  • Young Presidents’ Organization, Little Rock, AR
  • South Texas College, Distinguished Lecture Series, McAllen, TX
  • California Association of Teachers of English convention, Long Beach, CA
  • Rice University, President’s Lecture Series of Diverse Scholars, Houston
  • Utah State University, Tanner Symposium, Logan, UT
  • Facing History and Ourselves, Memphis, TN
  • Dallas Institute, Dallas, TX
  • Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students conference, sponsored by the California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas School Board Associations, San Jose, CA
  • Messiah College, Grantham, PA, commencement address, 2008
  • Friends of the Long Beach Library luncheon, Long Beach, CA
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy funder’s meeting at the Ford Foundation, NYC
  • National Council of La Raza annual convention, Latinas in the Arts Luncheon. San Diego, CA
  • Unity journalist conference, Chicago, IL
  • Santa Monica High School, CA
  • Iowa State University, Ames
  • Henderson State University, Freshman Read, Arkadelphia, AR
  • Facing History and Ourselves, Denver
  • Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
  • Edgewood College, Freshman Read, Madison, WI
  • Peace College, Freshman Read, Raleigh, NC
  • Maricopa Community Colleges, Phoenix, AZ
  • Young Presidents’ Organization, Fort Worth, TX
  • University of North Carolina, Freshman Read, Charlotte
  • Idaho State University, Freshman Read, Pocatello, ID
  • Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
  • UCLA “Through Different Eyes” conference for teachers of English learners, Los Angeles.
  • Yuma, AZ “One City, One Book Read” events
  • Glendale, CA “One City, One Book Read” events
  • Town of Buckeye, AZ
  • Los Osos High School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • The Chiapas Project, fundraiser, Dallas, TX

2007

  • Women’s Policy Forum, Fort Worth, TX
  • Literary Women 25th Anniversary: Long Beach Festival of Authors, CA
  • Freshman Year Experience Conference, Addison, TX
  • The Southern California Social Science Association, UCLA
  • Haverford College, Haverford, PA
  • National Association of Hispanics in Higher Education annual convention, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Valparaiso University, Freshman Read, Valparaiso, IN
  • San Diego State University, CA
  • University of San Diego, CA
  • San Diego, CA “One City, One Book” events
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • University of Texas, El Paso
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
  • Ethnic Pen Student Writer’s Conference, Bay Shore, NY
  • Fundraiser for Legal Services for Children with Isabel Allende, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.
  • American Association of University Women, Torrance, CA
  • Western New Mexico University, social workers convention, Silver City
  • California Council for the Social Studies, Los Angeles.
  • Summer Institute for Bilingual Teachers, Orange County, FL
  • La Jolla Country Day School, CA (Freshman Read)
  • Hispanic Heritage Event, KPBS, San Diego, CA
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Madison Civics Club, WI
  • Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
  • University of Texas, Austin, National Latino Leadership Summit
  • Southland Council of Teachers of English conference, Whittier, CA
  • Facing History and Ourselves, Los Angeles.
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Humanities Lecture, Phoenix
  • Facing History and Ourselves, San Francisco
  • Town Hall Continuing Series, “The State of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America Today,” with Bay Buchanan and Ray Suarez, Great Barrington, MA
  • Southland Council of Teachers of English, Whittier, CA

2006

  • Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Strengthening and Valuing Latino/a Communities in Iowa Conference, Des Moines
  • American Women In Radio and TV author series luncheon, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Indiana University, Kokomo.
  • Williams College, Convocation Speech, 2004.
  • Feria del Libro, Los Angeles,
  • National Association of Hispanic Publications, Washington DC
  • Women’s Policy Forum Foundation, Fort Worth, TX
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy, Pittsburg, PA
  • The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference, University of North Texas, Denton
  • AASFE Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX
  • Women and Words, Los Angeles, CA
  • Texas Book Festival 2006, Austin, TX


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Click here to read Sonia’s two-part blog for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) about how storytelling can change entrenched views, even on the most polarizing issues.


Sonia Nazario’s latest opinion piece was featured in the LA Times on April 23, 2017. Sonia walks readers through the investments the U.S. can and should make not only to reduce unlawful migration, but get at the heart of why most people are now coming to the U.S. illegally. Drawing from her time researching what is pushing people out of central america, as well as U.S. funded violence prevention programs that are beginning to counteract that violence in places like San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Sonia shares her convictions as to how to best help, not only the citizens of this region, but U.S. taxpayers who need immigration policies that actually work to reduce the flow of migrants.

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Sonia Nazario speaks at universities, conferences, high schools, and other events.

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