"American Voices" on Campus April 16

TAMPA, Fla. (March 26, 2009) – “What comes to mind when someone says, the all-American guy or girl?” asks Christopher Chell, interim coordinator of the University of South Florida’s  Office of Multicultural Affairs.  “If it’s not a multifaceted picture, then that’s not really America.”  To illuminate his point, Chell recommends seeing the play “American Voices” April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater, part of the Bulls-Eye View Cultural Diversity Awareness Series at USF.  This event is free and open to the public.


“‘American Voices’ is a new play based on nine real-life stories and recollections of ‘true’ Americans who don’t usually get attention when most people are talking about true Americans,” said Chell.  “Our goal is to promote awareness of the importance of cultural diversity in everyday life.  Even though USF has a very diverse student body, opportunities to interact and understand the variety of cultures and backgrounds tend to happen by chance and I don’t think most people appreciate that or go much deeper than that.  Too often, we choose to interact only with people like ourselves.”


“American Voices” comes from the producers who brought “Faces of America” to USF last year.  This project has been hailed as the first truly multicultural portrayal of Americans ever created.  “American Voices” is the second in a series of one-person shows written with suggestions from and based on interviews with Americans across the United States. 


“The plays have been widely-acclaimed because they speak to the attitudes, beliefs and hopes of Americans in the face of a new millennium,” Chell said.  “The characters and their situations are very dramatic and compelling and the experience is both very entertaining and thought-provoking.  Everyone is welcome.”


For more information, visit, www.multicultural.usf.edu.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.