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Agustin Gus Garcia Speaks Tonight on Latinization of America
September 28, 2007 - News

TAMPA, FL (Sept, 28, 2007) – “The Latinization of America” will be explained by human rights advocate Agustin “Gus” Garcia Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the University of South Florida’s Phyllis P. Marshall Center Ballroom as part of USF's annual University Lecture Series. 

Garcia’s lecture, part of Hispanic Heritage Month, is co-sponsored by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity.  President of Garcorp International, Garcia is the National Founding Father of Lambda Theta Phi, the largest and oldest Latin fraternity in the U. S. and is a founding member of the Democracy Movement, where he holds the title of legal and governmental affairs director. 

Shane Windmeyer asks, “What’s Your Gay Point Average?” the following week Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the USF Sun Dome Corral as part of National Coming Out Week (Oct. 8 – 13).  Windmeyer, best-known for his pioneering work with the Lambda 10 Project, is a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and a national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion of LGBT issues on college campuses.  This event is co-sponsored by USF Safe Zone.

Future speakers include:

·  Nagarajan Ranganathan will give a lecture on Very Large Scale Integration, an area of computer science for which he has gained international attention, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the USF TECO Room.  With seven patents and numerous refereed articles and book chapters to his credit, Ranganathan has brought more than $6.5 million in research grants to USF from the National Science Foundation and private industry. 

·  “Ending the Tragedy in Darfur” is Mohamed Yahya’s topic, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the University Lecture Hall as part of International Education Week (Nov. 12-17), co-sponsored by S.T.A.N.D. and USF Public Health.  Mohamed Adam Yahya is a refugee from the Darfur region of Sudan and is the founder and Executive Director of Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy. Mohamed Adam Yahya is a refugee from the Darfur region of Sudan and is the founder and Executive Director of Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy.  Yahya is a refugee from the Darfur region of Sudan and the founder and executive director of the Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy.  He played a prominent role in alerting the world to the human rights abuses in that region.  His village was among the first to suffer attacks by the government-backed janjaweed militia. 

·  Nnenna Freelon brings “The Music of Billie Holiday, an American Icon” to the Music Recital Hall FAH 101, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Freelon can be heard on her eight albums and has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards.  She is the national spokesperson for the National Association of Partners in Education, an organization that supports arts education.  She is appearing in association with the USF College of Visual and Performing Arts as part of the USF Jazz Series and the USF Tampa Library.

·  Da Brat, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Karrine Steffans, Byron Hurt and Bridget Gray take part in a panel to offer their “Perspectives of Hip Hop in Today’s Society” Nov. 27, 7 p.m. Sun Dome Corral.  Tickets are $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $8 for non-USF attendees.  Steffans is know for her Confessions of a Video Vixen; Hurt is the creator and producer of the award-winning documentary “I AM A MAN.”  Poet Gray has appeared in numerous music videos along with cameo appearances on television and in films including Austin Powers 2.  MC Da Brat, the first female hip hop artist to reach platinum album status, has made her name as a tough and profane rhymer and has appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.”  Co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D is known for his communication skills onstage and off, on television and from the lectern. 

·  Maya Angelou and Spike Lee are scheduled to appear in 2008.

 For more information visit http://uls.usf.edu/speakers.htmor call (813) 974-5940.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 76 community engaged universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida’s top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $310 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 217 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.6 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves 44,038 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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