As the "crisis at the US-Mexico border" makes news headlines daily, Luther College welcomes author Francisco Cantu to give the Opening Convocation address, "Finding Humanity at the Border," at 9:40 a.m. Thursday in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Cantu served as a U.S. border patrol agent, beginning in 2008. When an immigrant friend traveled back to Mexico to visit his dying mother and didn't return, Cantu felt moved to uncover the full story. His memoir, "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border" depicts the cruelties the border creates for those on both sides of the line.
The book was the campus-wide summer read for the 2019-20 academic year and will be the first text discussed in Paideia 111 classes this fall as first-year students seek to answer the question, "what connects and what divides us?"