Jeff Sharlet is a journalist and bestselling author or editor of seven books. His most recent book, combining image and text, is This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers. He is the winner of the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the Molly Ivins Prize and the Outspoken Award, among others.
English and Creative Writing
Undone: An Incomplete History of Unfinished Stories, under contract with W.W. Norton
The Undertow, a collection of essays, under contract with W.W. Norton
"North America," a book of words and pictures
“In 2014, the Dartmouth Coalition for Immigration Reform, Equality and DREAMers (CoFIRED), a group dedicated to advancing the rights of undocumented students, first petitioned the Library of Congress to get rid of the term ‘illegal alien’ in its cataloging system in favor of the term ‘undocumented immigrant,’ ” writes Smithsonian.com in a story about how Dartmouth students persuaded the library to drop the use of the term.
“Since a person cannot technically be illegal, critics argue the term should be dropped, even when immigrants’ actions are legally unsanctioned. The term is increasingly characterized as a racial slur, especially when it is used to dehumanize individual people,” Smithsonian.com writes.
Read the full story, published 3/29/16 by Smithsonian.com.