Book Reading: John Phillip Santos Reading From "The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire"


Location: McKenna Hall, Room 202

John Phillip Santos, freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist, author became the first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar in 1979. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Antonio Express-News, and the New York Times. As an executive producer, he has more than 40 broadcast documentaries on culture, religion, politics, and spirituality for CBS News and PBS, some of which have been nominated for Emmys. As a director, he has been involved in program development for Thirteen/WNET in New York City.

Santos was an Emmy nominee in 1988 for From the AIDS Experience: Part I, Our Spirits to Heal/ Part II, Our Humanity to Heal, and in 1985 for Exiles Who Never Leave Home. He has an M.A. English Literature and Language from St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University, and a B.A. in philosophy and literature from the University of Notre Dame.

He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for fiction, and the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. His family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation was a finalist for the National Book Award. He was also a past member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

The reading will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the book signing will start at 5:30 p.m.