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Arianna Huffington to speak at UCIís Rainbow Festival and Conference
 
EVENT:

UC Irvine’s 19th annual Rainbow Festival and Conference will bring several speakers to campus, including author and political pundit Arianna Huffington; Robert Scheer, contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times and The Nation; and Sonali Kolhatkar, host of KPFK’s weekday morning show “Uprising Radio.”

DATE: Tuesday, November 4, 2003
TIME: See schedule of events below
LOCATION: UCI campus. Huffington event is $5 presale, $10 at the door for the general public. Free to UCI students, faculty and staff. All other events are free. For reservations, call (949) 824-7215.
 
BACKGROUND:

Sponsored by UCI’s Cross-Cultural Center, the Rainbow Festival and Conference is an annual campuswide event that highlights the importance of ethnic and cultural diversity. This year’s theme, “Think Globally, Act Locally,” examines ways the public can make a positive impact on issues affecting the world. Free panel discussions and workshops will be offered, as well as a cultural fair, which will feature ethnic artifacts, artwork and food. In addition, Hawaiian, Chinese and Mexican dance performances, among others, can be enjoyed by all.

Huffington, who recently ran for governor in California’s recall election, is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of nine books, including this year’s New York Times bestseller Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America. She has appeared as a political commentator on numerous shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, Oprah, Inside Politics, Charlie Rose, Crossfire, Hardball, and The McLaughlin Group.

Scheer, an author of six books and contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times and The Nation, has over 30 years of journalism experience, including service as a Vietnam war correspondent and as a reporter covering such diverse topics as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. A social and political writer, Scheer has interviewed every president from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton.

Kolhatkar is host and co-producer of “Uprising Radio,” a daily radio show on KPFK-FM 90.7 that includes in-depth analysis of the news, as well as examines and encourages public participation in a wide range of policy and cultural issues. She is also vice president of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a group that works to help improve health and educational facilities for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Cultural Fair
Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Ring Mall, UCI Campus
Special performances from noon to 1 p.m. daily

Conference Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 4
10-11:30 a.m., Cross-Cultural Center
“Global Production and Local Consumption”
Amalia Cabezas, professor, UCI Women’s Studies; Raul Fernandez, professor, UCI Social Science; Inderpal Grewal, professor, UCI Women’s Studies

2-3:30 p.m., Cross-Cultural Center
“Color of Funny, Racist Imagery”
Gilbert Gonzalez, professor, UCI Social Science; Enrique De La Cruz, professor, California State University, Northridge Asian American Studies

7 p.m., Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
“Think Globally, Act Locally”
Arianna Huffington, political commentator, author, columnist

Wednesday, Nov. 5
10-11:30 a.m., Cross-Cultural Center
“Massaging the Message of the Media”
Sonali Kolhatkar, host of KPFK’s “Uprising Radio” show; Robert Scheer, contributing editor, Los Angeles Times and The Nation

2-3:30 p.m., Cross-Cultural Center
“Anteater Alumni in Alternative Careers”
Kenneth W. Bentley, vice president of community affairs, Nestlé USA, Inc.; Jenny Doh, director, community relations and development, El Sol Science & Arts Academy of Santa Ana; Mario Turner-Lloveras, housing development administrator, County of Orange

Media Contact

Lisa Stieler
(949) 824-7687
lstieler@uci.edu

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