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Richard Rodriguez was born July 31, 1944, in San Francisco. He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1967, and a master's degrees from Columbia University in 1969; he later completed graduate study at the University of California, Berkeley, and Warburg Institute, London. He received a Fulbright fellowship in 1972-73, and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 1976-77. In addition to free-lance writing and odd jobs, Rodriguez was a Perlman lecturer at the University of Chicago in 1984, and a journalist and essayist for PBS series "MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour." His works include: Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, 1982; Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, 1992; American Soul, 1995; and King's Highway, 1999. His works have been published in American Scholar, Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.