Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

actor, producer, director, Hollywood activist

“Ethics in Hollywood”

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
7:30 p.m.

Launer Auditorium • 1001 Rogers St.
Columbia College campus

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  • Limited seating •  Tickets not required

About Edward James Olmos

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.


Time Event Location
New time!
4:30 p.m.
Q & A session for students, faculty and staff
Hosted by the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA)
Dorsey Gymnasium
7:30 p.m. Lecture: “Ethics in Hollywood” Launer Auditorium
150 reserved student tickets for the lecture will be available at the Campus Life Office in Atkins-Holman Student Commons after 8 a.m. on March 3. Tickets are free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be in your seat by 7 p.m. for reserved seating.

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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