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Lecture by Felipe Luciano, an Emmy-winning news reporter and anchor, poet, writer, and activist on September 17, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY --Emmy-winning news reporter and anchor, poet, writer, and activist, Felipe Luciano, one of the most dynamic Latino public figures in the United States of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, will discuss concerns in the minority community at Vassar College on Saturday, September 17. Free and open to the public, this program co-presented by Project Thunder and Africana Studies, will begin at 6:00pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 300.

Luciano's eloquence, vision, and passion for issues of social justice are extraordinary and reflect the courage of a generation that chose to organize, teach, and struggle against the powerful institutions of discrimination. A two-time Emmy recipient and former WNBC-TV New York news anchor, Luciano defied adversity early in life. He was born in New York City and raised in poverty in East Harlem and Brooklyn by a single Puerto Rican mother. In 1966, the Harlem antipoverty agency, HARYOU-ACT, recognized his academic potential and creative talent and urged the young Luciano to apply to college. With the support of the college readiness program, SEEK, he enrolled in the City University of New York Queens College campus, where he immediately became involved in the student activism of the 1960s.

Luciano now is a lecturer and public presenter for Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, unions, and fraternal organizations. He offers consultation on issues pertaining to emerging markets, the black and Latino community, coalition building, diversity, and multiculturalism.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 16, 2011