Speakers Series Continues

09.12.2005 | Culture and SocietyActress Yareli Arizmendi, a guest star of TV shows "24," "NYPD Blue" and "Chicago Hope," will visit the University of Dayton as part of its Distinguished Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in the Kennedy Union ballroom.

All Distinguished Speakers Series events are free and open to the public.

She joins husband Sergio Arau, writer, producer and editor of the hit independent feature film "A Day Without a Mexican," to present "A Day without a Mexican: The Impact of Film as Social Critique."

"A Day Without a Mexican" is a tale about California discovering in one day that a third of its population has disappeared. As time goes by, the state begins to deteriorate and what was once the world's fifth-largest economy tumbles, leaving economic, political and social despair. The realization of who has disappeared – cooks, policemen, nannies, teachers, doctors, farm and construction workers, entertainers, athletes, as well as the largest growing market of consumers – has turned Latinos' return into its top priority.

Arizmendi and Arau also have worked with public awareness campaigns against child abuse, AIDS and lead poisoning.

Harvard genetics professor Clifford Tabin follows at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Science Center. Tabin's presentation, "Why Your Heart is on the Left and Not on the Right," also is part of the biology department's speakers series.

Tabin's research on the genetic basis for embryological development won the Annual Prize in Molecular Biology from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"Our lab studies how embryos achieve their organization and pattern as they develop," Tabin said. "(In an embryo), cells on the left are mirror images of those on the right. Our lab and others have explained how this symmetry is broken (the same way) in each individual, such that organs end up on the proper side."

The series continues at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Kennedy Union ballroom with New York Newsday medical and science writer Laurie Garrett. Garrett is the only writer to have won the Peabody, Polk and Pulitzer journalism awards.

She is the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. She is an expert on global health with a focus on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, as well as the effects of public health on foreign policy and national security.

Garrett has appeared on "ABC Nightline," "The Jim Lehrer NewsHour," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and NBC's "Dateline."

Winona LaDuke, Green party presidential candidate Ralph Nader's running mate in 1996 and 2000, finishes the series at 8 p.m. Monday, March 6, in the Kennedy Union ballroom.

LaDuke was nominated by Time as one of America's 50 most promising leaders younger than 40. She's been named Ms. Woman of the Year and was a winner of the Reebok Human Rights award.

LaDuke is the program director of Honor the Earth and the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Her speech is co-sponsored by UD's Diversity Lecture Series.
UD's Distinguished Speakers Series is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.

For more information on the Distinguished Speakers Series, please contact Lou Talbott at (937) 229-4114. To request an interview with one of the speakers, please contact Shawn Robinson at (937) 229-3391.