Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series

October 18, 2017
The Distance Between Us

Award-winning novelist and memoirist, Reyna Grande, will deliver the 2017 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture on October 18 on the campus of Avila University. Grande will speak on her memoir The Distance Between Us, which tells the story of growing up split from her parents by the pull of the United States and her journey to America when her father brought her and her siblings across the border.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Panel discussion: "Immigration Issues & Peaceful Problem Solving"
Featuring: Dr. Sofia Kahn, KC for Refugees
Miguel Salazar, Director of Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Maura Orpin, Executive Director of Don Bosco Centers
Kathleen E. Irish, JD; Attorney at Law


4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Public Reception: Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage Lobby

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Truman Lecture w/Q&A session

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Book signing: Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage Lobby

Grande was two when her father left the family in Mexico and crossed the border into the United States, hoping to earn enough money to build a homein Mexico when he returned. He later sent for their mother, but left Reyna and her siblings, who suffered a great hardship under the unforgiving hands of their father’s mother. Abandoned by both parents, the three endured but longed for the return of their mother and father. After an eight-year absence, her father took the children with him across the border.

Grande will speak in Avila University's Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage and the public is invited. Avila University is located at 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. Go to www.avila.edu/truman for details and to make a reservation.

In 1971, former President Harry S. Truman gave his stamp of approval for Avila University (then Avila College) to offer a lecture series in his name. Later that year, the first Truman lecture was delivered by David E. Bell, vice president of the Ford Foundation and Truman’s first administrative assistant. The 2016 Truman Lecture was given by Carolyn Maull McKinstry, author of While the World Watched: A Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement.

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