South Central College will be hosting Terry Greene Sterling, author of Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone on April 9, 2014. Sterling will be visiting the North Mankato campus to talk about her book and the state of immigration in Arizona and the United States.

As part of South Central College’s Sakatah Reading Series, Sterling will read from her book, Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone at 12:00 p.m. in Conference Center B, followed by a book signing. She will also give a presentation entitled Shattered Dreams:  A conversation about race, immigration and education in a changing America from 6-7 p.m. in Conference Center B. Both events are free and open to the public.

Journalist and author Terry Greene Sterling has covered the changing American West for over 25 years. During her 14 years as an investigative reporter for Phoenix New Times, the regional alt-weekly, she was named Arizona Journalist of the Year three times. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Slate, The National Journal, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Salon.comLongform.org, The Nieman Narrative Digest, High Country News, and Arizona Highways, among other publications. Sterling has been honored with over 50 journalism awards, and in 2009, she was given a Silver Key Award by the Society of Professional Journalists for 25 years of Notable Journalism. In 2010, she was part of a Village Voice team that received the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. In 2013, the International Regional Magazine Association awarded Sterling a first place in Public Issues Reporting.

Sterling immersed her readers in the closed communities of Arizona’s undocumented immigrants and their tormentors in her 2010 book, Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone. Professors at Goucher College, St. Olaf College, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and Marshall University have used the book in their classes. The book is the 2014 Common Read at South Central College in Minnesota.

As writer in residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Sterling teaches narrative journalism, guides students through their thesis projects, leads writing workshops and conducts public conversations about writing, reporting and social issues. She is a guest faculty member at the Poynter Institute. Follow her on Twitter at @tgsterling or reach her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ms. Sterling’s visit is the culminating event in a year-long series of events to support South Central College’s annual Common Read. The college has hosted several speakers, panels, and films about immigration issues.

For more information on South Central College’s Common Read Series, contact Jane Greathouse at 507-389-7408 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of Certificate and Associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables learners to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.