The first Hispanic to be named to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor is not only an exceptional jurist but a woman with an incredible life story. Her memoir, My Beloved World, the focus of her talk today at the Progressive Forum, lays bare a life that has had as much pain as triumph. Born in the South Bronx to an alcoholic father and an emotionally cold mother, Sotomayor rose from the area's tough streets to one of the highest offices in the land. Such a rise wasn't expected of her. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age and was expected to have a dramatically shortened lifespan as a result. But Sotomayor had her own plans; she drew inspiration from the judges on television series such as Perry Mason and managed to graduate from Princeton and Yale. Few stories sum up the American dream as hers does, and no matter what your political leanings, it would be difficult to be unmoved by her tale.
7:30 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-664-0020 or visit www.progressiveforumhouston.org. $14 to $94. A copy of My Beloved World is included with the price of admission.
Tue., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2013