Jose Orduna - Cedar City

Jose Orduna

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Jose Orduna

Oct 25, 2018, 4:00 pm


Jose Orduna

Book Title

The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement


Cedar City

Southwest Region


Southern Utah University
351 W University Blvd
Cedar City , UT 84720-2415
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José Orduña visits Southern Utah University to discuss his book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement, on Thursday, October 25 at 4:00 PM in the Business School Building (Business School Lecture Hall, Room 126) of the Southern Utah University campus.

In Weight of Shadows, José Orduña chronicles the process of becoming a North American citizen in a post-9/11 United States. Intractable realities—rooted in the continuity of US imperialism to globalism—form the landscape of Orduña’s daily experience, where the geopolitical meets the quotidian. In one anecdote, he recalls how the only apartment his parents could rent was one that didn’t require signing a lease or running a credit check, where the floors were so crooked he once dropped an orange and watched it roll in six directions before settling in a corner. Orduña describes the absurd feeling of being handed a piece of paper—his naturalization certificate—that guarantees something he has always known: he has every right to be here. A trenchant exploration of race, class, and identity, The Weight of Shadows is a searing meditation on the nature of political, linguistic, and cultural borders, and the meaning of “America.”

José Orduña was born in Córdoba, Veracruz, and immigrated to Chicago when he was two. He is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and active in Latin American solidarity. His work explores the ways power has determined his and others' existence as racialized subjects of the United States. His first book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement was published in 2016 by Beacon Press.

This event was made possible by Southern Utah University, The Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values, and Utah Humanities.