Author Richard Rodriguez to Speak at Whittier College

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College

Office of Public Relations

13406 Philadelphia St.

P.O. Box 634

Whittier, CA  90608-0634
March 10, 2003       

Reference:  02/03:67                            

Contact:  Gabriela Baez or  Caye Brundage Riley   at (562) 907-4974

Author Richard Rodriguez to Speak at Whittier College


WHAT:                        Richard Rodriguez, author, essayist, and cultural observer, will give a public lecture on “Columbus, Nixon and the Meaning of Hispanics”


WHEN:                        7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18


WHERE:                 The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier

                             13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier


COST:                         Free tickets, but reservations are required.

ADD:                      Richard Rodriguez, is the author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America, Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father and Hunger of Memory.  Rodriguez is also an editor at the Pacific News Service in San Francisco.  He is a contributing editor for Harper’s magazine and the Sunday “Opinion” section of the Los Angeles Times.  He has been a regular essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer since the early 1990s.  He has published articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. 


Rodriguez has received the George Foster Peabody Award for his Newshour Essays on American life, the Frankel Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the International Journalism Award from the World Affairs Council of California.


                             In his book Brown, Rodriguez writes about the Nixon Administration’s role in creating affirmative action, in “redefining America as an idea in five colors:  White.  Black.  Yellow.  Red.  Brown. ... Because of Nixon, several million Americans were baptized Hispanic.”


INFORMATION:         Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.


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