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Crossing Borders: The Immigrant Experience, a Cultural Crossings’ lecture on Nov. 2

Cleveland State University will present Richard Rodríguez, award-winning essayist and journalist, as part of the 2005-2006 Cultural Crossings Lecture Series, “Windows on the World: A Dialogue Across Borders,” on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the Music and Communication Building, located at 2001 Euclid Avenue.

During his lecture, “Crossing Borders, The Immigrant Experience,”

Rodríguez will discuss how America and every U.S. American is shaped by the continual interaction of cultures, blurring boundaries between “black” and “white,” Latino, and Anglo. There will be a book-signing and public reception following the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Rodríguez will follow up this lecture with a workshop geared towards high school teachers, “How to Teach Identity in Twenty-First Century America,” on Thursday, November 3, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Rhodes Tower, Room 401. This workshop is presented as a part of Cleveland State’s “Teaching American

History” grant.

Rodríguez is an acclaimed U.S. essayist, known for writing about the intersection of personal life with some of the difficult cultural issues facing the United States today. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books Hunger of Memory (an autobiographical memoir read in many high schools and colleges), Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America.

As a journalist, Rodríguez worked with the Pacific News Service in San

Francisco and was a contributing editor with Harper’s Magazine and the

Sunday Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times.

In 1993, Rodríguez was given the Frankel Medal (now renamed The

National Humanities Medal), the highest honor the federal government gives to

recognize work done in the humanities. In 1997, his televised essays on

U.S.-American life, featured on PBS’ “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” were

honored with a George Peabody Award.

The Cultural Crossings lecture series is sponsored by Cleveland State’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For more information, call 216-687-4646 or 216-523-7171, or visit www.csuohio.edu/crossings for a list of speakers and a program for the Crossing Over symposium.





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