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Chuck D and Edward James Olmos Discuss
Issues of Race in Heritage Lecture Series

Curious about issues of race and inequality in America?
Chuck D has something to say about it.
Want to know more about diversity issues and the power of the spoken word?
Lee Mun Wah and Saul Williams will fill you in.
Interested in humanitarian efforts and Latino pride?
So is Edward James Olmos.
These four artists from the worlds of stage, screen, and music discuss these issues in the upcoming Heritage Month Lecture Series at Sonoma State University.

The lecture series kicks off Friday, Feb. 13 with actor-rapper-singer-poet Saul Williams. Williams is known for many achievements, including the lead role in the 1998 feature film, "SLAM," and roles in the documentaries "Underground Voices," "SlamNation," and "I'll Make Me a World." Williams has performed with The Fugees, Erykah Badu, and De La Soul, as well as with poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez.

On Friday March 12, Chinese-American filmmaker and storyteller Lee Mun Wah, culminates his day-long seminar on unlearning racism with his lecture, "Last Chance For Eden." His films include "Stolen Ground," "The Color of Fear," "Walking Each Other Home," and "Last Chance for Eden, Parts One and Two," was released in Fall 2002. Wah is also the Director of StirFry Seminars and Consulting, which works with corporations, government agencies and educational institutions to facilitate diversity issues and conflicts.

Multi-platinum rap artist and political activist Chuck D lectures on Thursday, March 18. As leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music with the release of "Yo Bum Rush The Show." The critical and commercial success of Public Enemy opened doors for Chuck to deliver his message through many different mediums. He has hosted his own segment on the Fox News Channel and published a best-selling autobiography, "Fight The Power." He is also a regular guest on television shows including Nightline and Politically Incorrect.

Edward James Olmos concludes the Heritage Month Lecture Series on Friday, April 30, with his lecture, "Were All In The Same Gang." Olmos has starred in many films, including "Blade Runner," "Selena," and "12 Angry Men" for the Showtime network. He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in 1988s "Stand and Deliver." Olmos has also launched a multimedia project called "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States," a celebration of Latino culture through photography, film, music, and print. He is the U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and a national spokesperson for various organizations as well.

Each lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cooperage. Admission is free for students and $10 for faculty and staff. Seating is limited, so reservations are advised.

For more information, contact Darius Spearman, Director of the InterCultural Center at (707) 664-2710 or at


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