Social activist, conservative thinker highlight January speakers series at CSU - Pueblo

Social activist, conservative thinker highlight January speakers series at CSU - Pueblo

The 2010 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will continue in January with an activist for social change and a conservative policymaker whose best-selling book chronicles why America is both loved and hated worldwide.  Both events are free and open to the public.

On January 20, Dolores Huerta will discuss activism for social change beginning at 8 a.m. in the Hoag Recital Hall.

On January 27, best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza takes on all of America’s critics and defends not an idealized America, but America as it really is, and measures America not against utopia, but against the rest of the world in a provocative, challenging discussion. His presentation begins at 7 p.m. also in Hoag Recital Hall.  

The 2010 Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realm of contemporary significance. This eight-part series is an opportunity to learn from scholars, politicians, and business people, who can inspire students and community members to think critically about current issues, trends, events, knowledge, diversity, and leadership. Events will be co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, and the Diversity Resource Center.

Huerta is the co-founder and Secretary-Treasurer of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO ("UFW"). The mother of 11 children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Dolores has played a major role in the American civil rights movement. As an advocate for farm worker rights, Dolores has been arrested 22 times for non-violent peaceful union activities. In 1984, the California State Senate bestowed upon her the Outstanding Labor Leader Award. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and earned the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award; and the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award.

D'Souza has been called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor’s Business Daily. The New York Times Magazine named him one of America's most influential conservative thinkers. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation's 500 leading authorities on international issues. Newsweek cited him as one of the country's most prominent Asian Americans. In 2002, he published a New York Times bestseller What’s so Great About America, which was critically acclaimed for its thoughtful patriotism. His new book What's So Great About Christianity is the comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular.   

For more information on the series, call 549-2586 or visit

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