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The Julius and Suzan Glickman Centennial Lectureship

Each year Plan II is fortunate to be able to invite prominent speakers to campus thanks to a generous gift from Julius and Suzan Glickman. 

Julius Glickman, a Plan II major, received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962 and his LLB from the University of Texas School of Law in 1966. As a UT student, Mr. Glickman was student body president ('62-'63), outstanding student and an active member of the Friars, Silver Spurs and the Tejas Club. 

The Glickman Lectureship is always free and open to all.

The 2018 Julius and Suzan Glickman Centennial Lectureship:
Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Undocumented

Wednesday, February 28th, 7:00 p.m.
Jessen Auditorium
Homer Rainey Hall
201 W. 21st St. 

No tickets required, seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30.

This talk will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the writing of Dan-el Padilla's memoir, from initial conception to final draft. Themes to be addressed include the memoir as genre, the challenges of writing about the immigrant experience, and the framing of the individual life against broader political and economic trends.

Credit Piero-Ribelli 

Dan-el Padilla Peralta was the 2006 Latin salutatorian of Princeton University and has been called “one of the best classicists to emerge in his generation.” He received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University and is currently a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University as well as a Professor of Classics at Princeton. His memoir, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, was published in July 2015.

Undocumented is a classic story of the triumph of the human spirit. In his keynote talks and presentations, Peralta shares his remarkable journey and highlights the many challenges facing immigrants living in America. Peralta and his family came to the United States legally from Santo Domingo when he was four years old on a six-month temporary visa. When the family’s visas lapsed, Peralta’s father returned to the Dominican Republic. But Peralta’s courageous mother was determined to make a better life for him and his brother. Despite tremendous obstacles and years spent living in New York City’s homeless shelters, Peralta quickly showed a voracious appetite for learning and excelled in school. While living in a shelter in downtown Manhattan, Peralta attracted the attention of Jeff, a young volunteer from a wealthy family who was struck by his passion for books and learning. With Jeff’s help, Peralta was accepted on scholarship to Collegiate, the oldest private school in the country.

At Collegiate, Peralta thrived and adeptly navigated the rough streets of Harlem, where he lived with his mother and brother, and the elite halls of his private school, where he soon rose to the top of the class. From there, Peralta went on to Princeton where he continued to thrive and, in 2006, made the momentous decision to come out as an undocumented student in the Wall Street Journal.

We invite everyone to partake in the Plan II Common Read of Undocumented in anticipation of Dr. Padilla Peralta's visit. His lecture is free and open to everyone. Please join us.

Public parking available in nearby Conference Center, Brazos, or San Antonio Garages (hourly parking rates apply)

If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Plan II Honors Program at or call 512-471-1442 five business days in advance.

Previous Glickman Lecturers:

2017: Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan
Fall 2015: New York Times columnist Frank Bruni
Spring 2015: UT Chancellor Admiral William H. McRaven
2014: Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson
2013: Pulitzer Prize winning writer Louis Menand
2012: Pulitzer Prize winning writer Seymour Hersh
2010: Adam Gopnik, Staff writer for The New Yorker
2009: Award winning screenwriter Andrew Davies
2008: Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams

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