The Department of Languages and Literatures will host Sandra Cisneros, poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, community activist, and artist as part of the The Hearst Lecture Series. Her work explores the lives of the working-class. Cisneros is the author of The House of Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, and Caramelo, among others. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the National Medal of the Arts award presented to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship, was recognized among The Frederick Douglass 200, and won the PEN/Nabokov Award for international literature. The reading and talk is free and open to the public.