Distinguished Lecture Series features Antwone Fisher Oct. 13
Posted: 10/12/2004
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Screenwriter and producer, Antwone Quenton Fisher, will be the inaugural speaker Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in The University of Texas-Pan American Student Union Theater as part of a new Distinguished Lecture Series established at the University.

Funded by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee from student services fees, the series will provide students the opportunity to hear and meet outstanding persons with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds.

Antwone Quenton Fisher
"In establishing a Distinguished Speakers Committee last year, former President (Miguel A.) Nevárez felt it was important to develop a process to provide speakers that had a strong message and were more accessible to students," said Edna Zambrano, assistant director of the UTPA Student Union.

Zambrano said Fisher has agreed to meet in a question/answer session with Department of Communication students and have dinner with a group of student leaders before speaking to students, faculty, staff and the community in the evening.

Fisher is a man with a remarkable personal history. He was born in 1959 in prison to 17-year-old Eva Mae Fisher and 23-year-old Eddie Elkins, who was shot and killed before Fisher was even born. He was quickly sent into foster care and survived the brutality of homelessness to become a successful Hollywood screenwriter, producer and a devoted husband and father. Fisher wrote "Finding Fish: A Memoir," an inspiring story of his incredible life's journey.

In 2002, his memoir became a major motion picture, "Antwone Fisher," directed by and starring Denzel Washington. His latest projects include the upcoming "Double 'O' Soul," starring Mariah Carey and Trigger Happy and "Jelly Beans," with producer Will Smith. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.

A second speaker, Dr. Oscar Arias, former President of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate, is already scheduled Nov. 15 as next in line for the Distinguished Speaker Series. The committee has a goal of scheduling a third speaker in spring 2005.

Admission to hear Fisher is free. Doors will open to student seating at 7 p.m. and the general public is invited to begin seating at 7:20 p.m. If special accommodations are needed, contact 956/316-7991.