Diane Guerrero, Brown Distinguished Lecture
February 27, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Location: Jackson Auditorium
Diane Guerrero was just 14-years-old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. Her memoir, "In The Country We Love: My Family Divided," is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told.
From an early age, she always had an affinity for the arts. Guerrero attended the Boston Arts Academy where she studied vocal music and after graduating high school, she received a degree in political science and communication. However, she quickly realized her passion lay in performance art and moved to New York to pursue her dreams. She has subsequently appeared on numerous television series and is best known for her roles as Maritza Ramos on the award-winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black" (for which she received two Screen Actors Guild awards) and as Lina in CW's breakout hit, "Jane The Virgin."
Guerrero will play opposite Catherine Zeta Jones, Olivier Martinez, and John Leguizamo in her upcoming film, "The Godmother." She recently wrapped lead roles in "Peter And John," "Happy Yummy Chicken" and has appeared in several other features including Lionsgate’s "My Man Is A Loser."
Variety recently named her one of the "Top 10 Latina Actresses" to watch. In 2015, Guerrero was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization. She is an outspoken advocate for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform, and has worked with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan Latino civic engagement organization to promote citizenship and voter registration. Guerrero currently resides in New York City.
Guerrero will be signing copies of her books afterwords. Copies can be purchased in the TLU Bookstore or at the event.
This event is free and open to the public.
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