Colorado State University - Pueblo offers dynamic speakers in Fall Distinguished Series

Colorado State University - Pueblo offers dynamic speakers in Fall Distinguished Series

 PUEBLO –For the second year in a row, Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a Distinguished Speakers Series that will feature eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realm of contemporary significance by individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields.

The 2010 Fall Series will feature an ABC News commentator, an immigration debate (not confirmed), a Native American poet, a writer and co-executive producer from the hit show “The Simpsons,” and a sister turned lawyer/advocate whose life will be depicted this fall in a movie starring Hilary Swank.


15 John Quiñones, 7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
John Quiñones is the ABC anchor of What Would You Do?, co-anchor of Primetime, and a correspondent for 20/20. Winner of seven Emmy Awards, Quiñones has also been honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award's Grand Prize for International Reporting. Quiñones received a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism and makes his home in New York City.


6 Immigration Debate, 7 p.m., OUC Ballroom, TBA

13 The Business Tao of Homer: Lessons in Creativity and Innovation From The Simpsons, Joel Cohen, writer of hit series The Simpsons, 7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Joel H. Cohen earned his Master of Business Administration and found success in the corporate world before making a completely illogical career move into comedy writing. Luckily for him, it all worked out: he became an Emmy-winning writer for The Simpsons -- "the greatest TV show of the 20th century" (Time). Cohen's experience as both a "creative" and a "suit" has not only left him with a puzzling resume, it also gives him a unique perspective to discuss innovation, creativity, and their place in business. The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series in 1989, including 25 Primetime Emmy Awards, 26 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award.
25 Sherman Alexie, Noon, Massari Arena

Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. is an American writer, poet, filmmaker, and occasional comedian. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American. Two of Alexie's best known works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1994), a book of short stories and Smoke Signals, a film. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, an autobiographical young adult novel, was his first major commercial success. His appearance on campus is thanks in part to the All Pueblo Reads series sponsored by the Pueblo City County Library District.


10 Betty Anne Waters, 7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Betty Anne Waters was an unemployed single mother who spent a decade earning a law degree so she could represent her brother in court. Waters put herself through law school at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, R.I., in order to represent her brother, Kenneth, who had been wrongfully convicted of murder. In 1999, with the help of attorney Barry Scheck and the Innocence Project, Betty Anne Waters asked for her brother's DNA to be tested against the old blood sample. The results came back: It didn't match. A film about her life, Conviction, will premiere this fall, starring Hilary Swank as Waters.

Sept. 29-Oct. 3, The Cost of Freedom Tribute

CSU-Pueblo also will host the Cost of Freedom tribute, featuring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is a group of veteran owners who are a committed to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember those who served s well as pay specific tribute to those who gave all. The display insures that those who cannot travel to Washington, D.C. have an opportunity to attend, respect, and remember. The event is not government sponsored of affiliated and serves to provide an opportunity for visitors to share a common bond of experience and patriotic thanks. 

For more information or an updated schedule, contact the CSU-Pueblo Office of Student Life at 549-2586 or visit


Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.