Louis Gossett Jr. to open 2006-2007 Distinguished Speakers Series Oct. 30
Contact: Sandra Faires, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 10/19/2006
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Louis Gossett Jr., best known for his role as Fiddler in the 1977 mini-series "Roots," and for his role as a military sergeant in the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman," will open the 2006-2007 Distinguished Speakers Series Oct. 30 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Louis Gossett Jr. will kick off UTPA's Distinguished Speaker Series Oct. 30 at the Student Union Theater.
The Distinguished Speakers Series will take place in the Student Union Theater and is free to students and the general public. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for UTPA students, faculty and staff with a valid ID and at 7:20 p.m. to the general public. Seating is limited, so everyone is encouraged to arrive early. During their visit, each speaker will attend a dinner with UTPA student leaders.

Gossett, who has won Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards, currently serves as the spokesperson and a behind-the-scenes leader for many charitable organizations. He is currently developing a nonprofit organization, The Eracism Foundation, to develop and produce entertainment that brings education to issues such as racism, ignorance and societal apathy.

Upcoming speakers include Rigoberta MenchĂș, Nobel Prize winner, Nov. 28, Dan Rather, legendary broadcast journalist, Feb. 13, 2007, and Scott Ritter, former U.N. Weapons Inspector, April 5, 2007.

The series is underwritten by student fees, and speakers are chosen by a Distinguished Speakers Committee made up of students, faculty and staff.

If special accommodations are needed or for more information, contact Sam Smith, assistant dean of students and Distinguished Speakers Committee chairman at 956/316-7989 or at