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Acclaimed News Anchor Maria Hinojosa to Speak at SUU

Published: October 04, 2017 | Author: Kaden Mcbride | Category: Academics

tanner lecture peabody latino usaAward-winning news anchor and reporter Maria Hinojosa will speak at Southern Utah University for the annual Grace A. Tanner Lecture in Human Values Thursday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. This event will take place in the Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center as part of SUU’s A.P.E.X. Event Series. Hinojosa has entitled her talk, “Narrative as Witness (America’s Untold Stories).”  The free lecture is open to the public and will be followed by an audience Q&A session and a reception.

Hinojosa is the anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show, Latino USA, which is distributed by NPR. She also is the anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, where she brings attention to communities and issues that have sometimes been ignored.

“Our team of event producers are proud to be assisting with this prestigious event,” said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director A.P.E.X. Events. “We are excited to host Maria Hinojosa on campus and to present her to the SUU and to Cedar City communities.”

Following the lecture will be a discussion about, “A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa: Documenting Truth in Social Media,” which will be moderated by Professor Jonathan Holiman in the Sharwan Smith Student Center theater at 2:30 p.m.

Hinojosa will also visit classes and participate in the Tanner Center Dinner and Dialogue series at 5:00 p.m. where students will have the opportunity to discuss her topic in depth.

Preceding Hinojosa’s visit will be a screening  of “America by the Numbers,” Wednesday, October 18, at 4:00 p.m. in the student center theater.

“Maria Hinojosa is a dynamic speaker whose career has focused on finding ways to highlight stories from communities that are often overlooked,” said Dr.  Iliana Portaro, an Assistant Professor of Spanish at SUU. “As an undergraduate, I began to follow Maria Hinojosa's work on PBS and NPR. Looking back, I feel like I have grown up and matured with her voice and powerful storytelling. I owe part of my political consciousness to her journalistic efforts. She is a strong role model and it is an honor to have her on our campus.”

For more information about other Tanner Center events, please refer to the following website: https://www.suu.edu/tanner/center.html.

Contact Information:

Nikki Koontz, assistant director of marketing
435-586-5487
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