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Hispanic Heritage Month lecture set

September 20, 2010 12:00AM

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the PSU Office of Student Diversity, Campus Activities and the PSU Tilford Group will present a lecture by Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Governor's Room of the Overman Student Center.

Gonzalez, a professor of English at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will deliver a lecture entitled "And I Thought Aliens Didn't Eat Rice & Beans: Poetry, laughter, social thought and the evolution of the word Latino."

Known for mixing poetry, humor and social commentary in his lectures, Gonzalez is a winner of the Connecticut Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year award and was named the 2006 Poet of the Year by the New England Association of Teachers of English.

Gonzalez has published poetry in such journals as Callaloo, The Teacher's Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, Calabash and Colere, and anthologies including "Coloring Book," "Nantucket: A Collection," and "Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature," which he also co-edited. 

Gonzalez was born in El Salvador and immigrated to Connecticut at the age of 8. He holds a master's in teaching in English from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island.  He has presented at various conferences, schools and colleges such as Yale University, Harvard University, Wright State University, University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut College, Boston College, and he has been keynote speaker for a number of Hispanic Heritage Month events.

For more information, including a list of Hispanic Heritage Month activities, call the Office of  Student Diversity at 620-235-4077 or visit their website at

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