September Distinguished Speakers at CSU – Pueblo include Olympian, activist/actor
PUEBLO – The Distinguished Speaker Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will feature in September Olympic athlete turned entrepreneur Jeremy Bloom and award-winning actor and community activist Edward James Olmos. The series features 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.
He is the founder of the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, which grants lifelong wishes to 80, 90 and 100+ year old people. According to the Foundation, it granted 254 wishes in 2010. In February, 2010, Bloom co-founded the internet company, Integrate.com. On December 14, 2010, The Foundry Group invested $4.25 million into the start-up. The company’s headquarters are in Denver, with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and New York, New York.
Bloom also is an ESPN and Versus college football analyst and worked for NBC as on-air talent during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“We’re All in the Same Gang,” is the title of Olmos’ presentation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 also in the OUC Ballroom. Named by Hispanic Magazine as the nation's most influential Hispanic-American, Olmos is a respected actor and a passionate community activist. An award-winner on Broadway (Zoot Suit), in film (Stand and Deliver, Selena, Blade Runner), and on television (Miami Vice, American Family), where he most recently starred on the critically-acclaimed hit show Battlestar Gallactica—which has won numerous awards and was named by TIME magazine and Rolling Stone as the best show of 2005. Olmos also directed HBO's Walkout, a drama that tells the true story of a group of Chicano students who staged a compelling 1968 walkout to protest the injustices of the public high school system in East Los Angeles.
Olmos emphasizes culture, diversity, and racial harmony as the American ideal. In his presentations, Olmos explains his heritage and how it relates to our need to reconcile history books with actual history as well as the importance of being an activist for the causes in which you believe.
The series is free and open to the public. Events are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, the Student Fee Governing Board, the Associated Students’ Government, the Diversity Resource Center and the Library and Academic Resources Center. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities, 719-549-2687.