Author Richard Rodriguez will lecture at 7 p.m., Oct. 1, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The free event is part of Ohio University’s Hispanic Heritage Month festivities and is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board.
Rodriguez has authored three books. In 1982 he published, “Hunger of Memory: the Education of Richard Rodriguez,” which discusses bilingual education and affirmative action and is read in many high schools and colleges.
His 1993 Pulitzer Prize runner-up, “Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father,” looks at the differences between Catholic Mexico and Protestant America.
His latest book is “Brown: The Last Discovery of America.” The book shows how America has become preoccupied with black and white in terms or race and suggests brown to understand the future and past.
Rodriguez has served as a contributing editor for “Harper’s Magazine” and the Sunday “Opinion” section of the Los Angeles Times. As a journalist, he has published articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, Time, Mother Jones, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New Republic. Rodriguez received a 1997 George Foster Peabody Award for his essays on American life on “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer." The Peabody Award celebrates “outstanding achievement in broadcast and cable.”
Rodriguez also has received the Frankel Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Journalism Award for the World Affairs Council of California.
Rodriguez’s visit serves as a cornerstone of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, which runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Alpha Psi Lambda Fraternity and the Office of Multicultural Programs will provide a variety of speakers and activities to commemorate the annual event.
The Office of Multicultural Programs is a part of the Division of Student Affairs at Ohio University. The Black Student Cultural Programming Board is a registered student organization at Ohio University that addresses the programming needs of the underrepresented student community on the Athens campus. For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Programs at (740) 593-4027.
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