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Sept. 10, 2007


Author Luis Rodriguez To Speak At CSU Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA Award-winning Los Angeles-based author Luis Rodriguez will speak and read from his works on Thursday, Sept. 20, as part of Latino Heritage Month at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the reading at 7 p.m. Both will take place in the university’s Loker Student Union, Ballroom C. The event is open to the public.

Rodriquez is best known for his 1993 memoir, “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” about his life in an East Los Angeles gang. His candid portrayal of gang life in the memoir earned Rodriguez critical acclaim, including the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a New York Times Notable Book designation, and a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award. Yet, the book has been censored by many public schools throughout the country and is considered among the 100 most censored books in the United States, according to the American Library Association.

Rodriguez was making a name for himself as a poet before “Always Running” came out. He has continued to receive accolades for his poetry, as well as widespread recognition for his children’s literature and works of fiction, making him a major figure in Chicano literature today. In 2006, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs awarded Rodriguez the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship. He was one of only two literary artists to receive such a fellowship that year.

“We are fortunate to have Mr. Rodriguez come and speak to our campus community,” said Gayle Elliott, CSUDH professor of literature and creative writing in interdisciplinary studies and humanities, and one of the event organizers. “Luis is not only a highly accomplished writer, but he is also respected and loved as a generous, inspiring community member. His Tia Chucha bookstore, home of Tia Chucha Press, nurtures the creative aspirations of artists, writers, and musicians — a vital artistic center.”

Rodriguez’s appearance on campus is being sponsored by the Departments of Chicana/Chicano Studies, Foreign Languages, Africana Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, the Multicultural Center, the Women’s Resource Center, Espirtu de Nuestro Futuro, Al Frente Graduate Studies Association, and the Latino Faculty and Staff Association.

The Loker Student Union on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills is located off Victoria Street near Tamcliff Street in the city of Carson. Metered parking lots are within walking distance. Permits are $3 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines on the perimeter of each lot.

For more information, call (310) 243-3327.

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About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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