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September 27, 2010
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Alfredo Padilla; 1-310-578-4343
Luis Valdez, Father of Chicano Theatre, to Speak at NHU
WHAT:    Presentation by playwright and community leader Luís Valdez: “The Influence of Mexico’s Independence and Revolution as is Relevant to our Past, Present and Future”
WHEN:    Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2--5 p.m.
WHERE:  University Library, The National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San José

San José, Calif. - September 27, 2010- As part of a series of multicultural events that pay tribute to the Hispanic Heritage, Luis Valdez , who is often called “the father of Chicano theatre,” will present an insightful lecture at The National Hispanic University (NHU) in San José.

He will present “The Influence of Mexico’s Independence and Revolution as Is Relevant to our Past, Present and Future.” Valdez will evaluate the consequences of the Revolution, show how particular events in Mexico’s struggle for independence are connected to larger historical developments.

Valdez has more than 40 years of experience as a playwright, director, writer, actor and teacher. The founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesino, Valdez has written and directed two films: Zoot Suit, based on his play of the same name, and La Bamba, the 1987 hit movie based on the life of Mexican-American rock star Ritchie Valens.

This lecture is part of Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration honoring the cultures and traditions of Americans with heritage tied to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central and South America and the Caribbean. This year’s theme is “Shared Heritage: Mexico and California 200 Years."

About The National Hispanic University

The National Hispanic University (NHU) was founded in 1981 to provide Hispanic students with access to quality higher education. NHU offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The 11-acre campus is located in California’s Silicon Valley. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), http://www.wascsenior.org. More than 500 students attend NHU. For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.

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