Gregory Rodriguez is the Publisher & Executive Director of Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit that blends live events and daily humanities journalism. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. Formerly a longtime op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Rodriguez has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, and The Atlantic. He is the author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America, and is currently at work on a new book on the American cult of hope. Rodriguez’s Stanton project seeks to develop a new form of journalism – a journalism of place – in Los Angeles.