After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox and promise of the world we inhabit. He is an especially intriguing conversation partner for right now — a life and mind straddling left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual. At the Chautauqua Institution, we mine his wisdom on the emerging fabric of human identity.
The second in a four-part series, “The American Consciousness.”
is a journalist and essayist. He won a Peabody Award for his original commentary on The NewsHourand received the National Humanities Medal in 1993. His books include Hunger Of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, Brown: The Last Discovery Of America, and Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography.