OSU Diversity Summit features poet Joaquín Zihuatanejo and TV’s Nancy Giles

Acclaimed performers Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Nancy Giles, who use their talents to create thought-provoking dialogue on society and social justice, will give public performances at Oregon State University during the OSU Diversity Summit being held Nov. 2-3.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Zihuatanejo, a poet, spoken word artist and award-winning teacher, will perform his spoken word routine. Giles, best known for her work as a comedian, actress and CBS Morning contributor, will also speak at the event and answer questions from the audience.

The event is free and open to the public as part of the OSU Diversity Summit. Zihuatanejo’s performance begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by Giles at 7 p.m. Both segments will be in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Zihuatanejo was born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, Texas. He strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture in his poems. His sometimes brutal but honest work depicts the essence of barrio life and the dreams of a boy who found refuge in stories and poems. In 2008, Zihuatanejo won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship, besting 77 poets representing cities all over North America, France and Australia.

Giles has found acclaim from TV audiences with her social commentaries and from theater fans with her solo pieces. She has been called a funny, yet provocative observer of today’s world and has made her mark dismantling misconceptions about race, feminism and sexism. She has also offered her social and political perspectives to viewers of The Today Show and Hardball with Chris Matthews. In 2010, Giles performed in the off-Broadway production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” written by Nora and Delia Ephron.

The OSU Diversity Summit is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. For more information on the public event or the OSU Diversity Summit, visit http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/care

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