Rural America is often thought of as being homogeneously white. But one-fifth of rural Americans are people of color.
Join us as the author of American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland and one of the book’s central figures explore the realities of race in rural America in a conversation moderated by Surabhi Balachander, '17, program coordinator for The Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born to an American father and Japanese mother. Her memoir, Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye, was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland explores Mockett’s experience across “the divide,” and is a tribute to the complicated and nuanced history of the United States and its people.
Juston A. Wolgemuth grew up in a farming family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He learned to drive a tractor at age eight and began helping his father on the wheat harvest at age 14 as a grain cart operator. After high school, he spent a year in Germany with a missions organization, an experience that drastically broadened his worldview and developed his fluency in German. He then attended college, where he earned a degree in English, and he currently is pursuing a master’s in counseling. He enjoys reading, music, time with friends, and discussing religion, social issues, and Christian culture.
This event is part of a series hosted by the Stanford Rural Engagement Network, a collaboration of The Bill Lane Center for the American West and Haas Center for Public Service. To stay informed of Stanford’s efforts to deepen engagement with domestic rural communities, sign up here.