After reading “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child,” students in teacher Katie Pelle’s Core Knowledge class at La Cumbre Junior High, wrote to author and educator Dr. Francisco Jimenez about their impressions of the book. In the students’ communication with the author Dr. Jimenez noted an upcoming visit to Santa Barbara and an opportunity to meet these young readers. Dr. Jimenezis scheduled to visit and speak to the school’s eighth graders at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, in the school auditorium.
As a child, Dr. Jimenez worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. The La Cumbre students have been reading his autobiographical, award-winning book “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child.”
Dr. Jimenez, received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University, attended Harvard, and received a master’s degree and a doctorate from Columbia University. He is chairman of Santa Clara University’s (SCU) Modern Languages and Literatures Department and serves as the director of the Division of Arts and Humanities at SCU. Among his many awards, he is the recipient of UCSB’s Luis Leal Award for Distinguished Chicano/Latino Literature as well as the John Steinbeck Award, given to “…writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and believe in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes.”