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Latino Heritage Celebration Keynote Reception 2013
Start Date: 9/17/2013Start Time: 7:45 PM
End Date: 9/17/2013End Time: 8:45 PM

Latino Heritage Celebration Keynote Reception

w/ Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Actor/Poet/Comedian

September 17 | 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Media & Public Affairs Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

The GW Latino Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations invite alumni, student leaders, and faculty/staff to join us for the annual Latino Heritage Celebration (LHC) Keynote Reception on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:45pm. This year's LHC Keynote Speaker will be actor, poet, and comedian Joe Hernandez-Kolski.

The reception is a part of the Latino Heritage Celebration Opening, which begins with the keynote presentation at 6:30 pm featuring remarks from actor/poet/comedian Joe Hernandez-Kolski in the Marvin Center Betts Theatre.  Immediately following the Opening, alumni, student leaders, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Keynote Reception in the MPA Building.

LHC Keynote Speaker Joe Hernandez-KolskiJoe Hernandez-Kolski
Originally from Chicago, Joe is a graduate of Princeton University where he worked closely with such luminaries as Dr. Cornel West and Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison.  A two-time HBO Def Poet, Joe Hernández-Kolski is an actor/poet/comedian who is constantly in demand, known for his live performances that are hard-hitting, truthful and incredibly funny.

As an actor, he stays balanced between film, television and the stage.  He was on ABC’s “Mr. Sunshine” playing alongside Matthew Perry and Allison Janney.  He recently shot an independent film entitled Guido, where he acted alongside legendary actor Armand Assante as his FBI partner.  Joe’s short film Afterschool’d, which he wrote, produced and acted in, was chosen as one of seven finalists in NBC’s Comedy Short Cuts Festival.  As a spoken word poet/comedian, Joe has opened for everyone from comedian Carlos Mencia to legendary musician John Mellencamp.  His blend of comedy, social commentary and personal stories attracts fans from all different backgrounds.  As a teacher, Joe continues to work with several organizations throughout Los Angeles teaching Hip-Hop Culture and Spoken Word Workshops.  He currently hosts Downbeat 720, an open-mic for high school youth sponsored by the City of Santa Monica.  The televised version, Downbeat Showdown, that Joe hosted and produced, received the LA Emmy for “Outstanding Youth Programming.”

Learn more about this event and register online on the GW Alumni website.

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