University School of Milwaukee hosted a virtual author visit, welcoming Noé Álvarez, author of “Spirit Run: A 6,000-mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land.” Álvarez’s visit, on Monday, Oct. 12, coincided with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Prior to the start of the event, Mya Hartjes ’23 read an acknowledgment to honor the land on which USM’s campus sits, which was once home to the Potawatomi and Menominee tribes.
Álvarez was introduced by Enrique Aldape ’21, who also moderated (along with Irene Gay ’21) questions that were submitted by students. Álvarez discussed his childhood, the marathon, the process of writing the book, and more. His book was the assigned summer reading for 10th grade students, and is related to curricular themes that students study in their sophomore English and history courses, including voice and how it is impacted by gender and race, and themes of hierarchy, equality, and freedom.
Many thanks to USM’s Parents’ Association, which partially sponsored his visit.