Bulls-Eye View Series Begins Oct. 9 with "Faces of America"

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2008) - The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a series of programs, known as Bulls-Eye View, aimed at educating USF students about cultural diversity and multiculturalism. This cultural diversity awareness series brings the guest performers and speakers into classrooms to provide context to their individual performances and to engage in conversation.

The series begins Oct. 9 with “Faces of America,” a one-person play written entirely from research based interviews and workshops held across the country. Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theatre.

According to Christopher Chell, the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ interim coordinator, “‘Faces of America’ has been described as the first truly multicultural portrayal of Americans ever created and ‘edu-tainment’ at its best. The series has grown in popularity and now that we’re in our third year, many people are looking forward to it.”

“Faces of America,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre Center was produced by the creative team of Colin Cox and Fran de Leon in response to demands for diversity workshops. They interviewed over 60 people and began to formulate the characters depicted in the play. It is now in its sixth season of performance at colleges and universities as well as corporate and community events around the country. Special engagements include the 51st and 52nd Annual United Nations Day. For more information visit: http://www.facesandvoices.com.

For more information about the USF series, call (813) 974-7014 or visit http://ctr.usf.edu/multicultural/edubev.htm.

Upcoming Bulls-Eye View programs include (dates subject to change):

Nov. 20 – Breaking the Crutch of Disability: Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli speaks about doing everything that nobody thought he could: swimming, diving, skiing, skateboarding, sailing, driving, and now, break dancing, despite being born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. His message: overcoming obstacles and never giving up.

Feb. 16, 2009 – One Minute Salute; a Lifetime of Activism: Moving Youth to Activism, with John Carolos, 1968 Mexico City Olympic medalist, looks at how social activism relates to communities.

Apr. 16, 2009 – American Voices presented by Will & Company, examines socio-economics, eating disorders, religion and sexual orientation.

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 campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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