September 25, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Reception, 6:00pm

Featuring Alfredo Corchado with Tom Huang

Presented by The Dallas Morning News, PEN America, and the Dallas Institute



In Spring, we presented a program on “Boundaries and Borders” from the perspectives of Language, Art, and the City. This Fall we return to the still-timely subject for an in-depth look at actual life on the Mexico-U.S. border from a career journalist who calls the border “home.”

According to acclaimed author Alfredo Corchado, the border is not just a geographical place, but a mindset. It’s not a no-man’s land overrun by criminals in need of a wall to separate us from them. For millions it’s a dynamic, vibrant place surrounded by some of the safest communities anywhere; it’s also a piñata for politicians. Whether from the standpoint of demographics or economic integration, the border is a peek into the future.

Join us for a conversation between Corchado and The Dallas Morning News’  Tom Huang about the epicenter of our homelands, the border. Corchado will also be signing his latest book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, just released in Spanish and English.


Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration will be available for purchase.


Reception beverage Siembra Azul Blanco is provided by Victory Wine Group.

$10, Students free
Free admission for PEN America members. Call Registrar Joshua Kalin to make your reservation.



Alfredo Corchado is Mexico Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.



Tom Huang is Assistant Managing Editor for Journalism Initiatives at The Dallas Morning News and content co-planner for the Dallas Festival of Books and Ideas.