Edward James Olmos
actor, producer, director, Hollywood activist
“Ethics in Hollywood”
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. • Limited seating • Tickets not required
Known as the “Olivier of the Latino world,” this multi-talented actor, producer, director and community activist was born and raised in East Los Angeles, and spent many years in theatrical roles until his Tony Award-nominated performance in the musical Zoot Suit. In 1988, he received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante, an eccentric but dedicated math teacher, in Stand and Deliver, which he also produced. In 1996, Olmos was honored with a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for his work in HBO’s The Burning Season, the story of the Brazilian political activist Chico Mendes. He also won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Lt. Castillo on the television series Miami Vice. He can currently be seen in the role of Commander Adama on the SciFi Channel series Battlestar Galactica.
In 1999, Olmos launched a nationwide multimedia project called Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, a celebration of Latino culture through photography, film, music and the printed word. The project was designed to inspire Latino pride and build bridges between the Latino and other communities. Americanos included a five-year traveling photography exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution; a music CD featuring Latino artists; an HBO documentary; and a book co-edited by Olmos of essays, photos, and commentary by Hispanic luminaries.
Olmos also participates in humanitarian efforts. He is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and a national spokesperson for organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He also is executive director of the Lives in Hazard Education Project, a national gang-prevention program funded by the United States Department of Justice.
|Q & A session for students, faculty and staff
Hosted by the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA)
|7:30 p.m.||Lecture: “Ethics in Hollywood”||Launer Auditorium|
Previous Ethics in Society lectures
|2008||Mike Huckabee, former governer of Arkansas|
|2007||David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian|
|2006||Soledad O’Brien, television journalist and CNN co-anchor|
|2005||Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Harvard Law School graduate and environmental ethics advocate|
|2004||Arun Gandhi, founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and grandson of the late Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi|
|2003||John Kasich, former U.S. congressman|
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