Monday, May 12, 2014

Amanda Beard, Lt. Dan Choi headline Distinguished Speakers Series

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Colorado State University — Pueblo announced its 2014-2015 Distinguished Speaker Series lineup last week, and this year's selection goes in a decidedly performance art direction, with three gigs that aren't speakers at all, but shows.

Last year's series saw Gabrielle Giffords' former intern Daniel Hernandez; former CIA officer and the real man behind the movie Argo, Tony Mendez; and Roger Donlon, the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War and one hell of a badass.

As always, the series is free and open to the public. Call 719/549-2151 for more information.

Here's the info; all events begin at 7 p.m.:

• Aug. 28: Amanda Beard, a former Olympic swimmer, who debuted at the 1996 Atlanta games, and then went on to become a world champion and record holder in 2003 and a gold medalist in 2004 at Athens. She now speaks on topics of goal setting and breast cancer awareness. Occhiato University Center Ballroom
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  • Beard
• Sept. 9: Dr. Juan Andrade, a Latino activist who received the Presidential Citizens Medal for "the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation," as well as the National Ohtli Award from the government of Mexico for his service between the two nations. Dr. Andrade has also helped in the "democratization" of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Guyana and several other western hemisphere countries. Occhiato University Center Ballroom
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  • Dr. Andrade
• Sept. 30: Cirque Zuma Zuma, called an "African-style Cirque du Soleil" with acrobatic performances and others of that kin with distinct cultural aspects, like South African gumboot dancers, Ethiopian foot table juggling and Gabonese tumblers. Hoag Recital Hall

• Nov. 19: Su Teatro, this Denver-based company started in 1971 as a student-organized theater group at the University of Colorado-Denver. Now, it's nationally recognized for its "homegrown productions that speak to the history and experience of Chicanos." In 2010, it purchased the Denver Civic Theater. No word yet on what they'll perform at CSU-P. Hoag Recital Hall

• Dec. 1: Lt. Dan Choi, came out on The Rachel Maddow Show in 2009, and soon thereafter faced extremist opinions, discharge proceedings from the Army and multiple arrests after protesting in front of the White House. Lt. Choi worked toward the eventual repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and now advocates for LGBT rights and veteran's care. Occhiato University Center Ballroom
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  • Lt. Choi
• Jan. 20: Ken Carter, a former high school basketball coach who made a splash in 2005 when he nearly shut down the Richmond High School basketball program — including the undefeated varsity team — in an effort to get his 45 players focused on their classes. Carter now advocates for education, particularly for minorities, and was the subject of 2005's Coach Carter with Samuel L. Jackson. Occhiato University Center Ballroom
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  • Carter
• Feb. 19: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Troupe, a noted Denver-based contemporary dance company started by Denver native Robinson, who was appointed by Clinton to the National Council on the Arts, which she served on until 2005. That same year, she received a Kennedy Center Medal of Honor during its Masters of African American Choreographers series. Among her numerous other awards, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Denver. Hoag Recital Hall

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