University of Charleston


January 7, 2020 – As the finale of the University of Charleston’s Enlightened Living Day, the public is invited to a free speaker event. Esmeralda Santiago will speak in the Geary Auditorium Monday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. Santiago is the author of three memoirs, two novels, a children’s book and has co-edited two anthologies of Latino literature.

She is passionate about the need to encourage and support the artistic development of young people with storytelling and media literacy. She is a spokesperson on behalf of public libraries and has traveled extensively as a cultural ambassador for the State Department.

Her essays and opinion pieces have been published widely and she is a frequent guest commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, LatinoUSA, and The TakeAway.

The event is sponsored by AARP West Virginia, American Water, Jackson Kelly PLLC and Kimberly Lawrence.