Lawson Fusao Inada, considered by many to be the father of Asian-American literature, will be the keynote speaker at Hartnell College's fourth diversity conference, "Mirrors of Diversity," which will be held on campus Oct. 13 and 14.
All of the workshops are free and open to the public, according to Irene Rasmussen, Hartnell's student activities coordinator.
The opening day luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 13, which will feature keynoter Inada discussing "Mirrors of the Mind," will begin at noon in Steinbeck Hall of the College Center. Tickets are $5 for the public and $4 for students; they are available at the cashier's office in the Classroom/Administration Building (CAB).
Inada is a third-generation Japanese-American from Fresno. During WWII, he was imprisoned in internment camps with thousands of other Japanese-Americans in California, Arkansas and Colorado.
A graduate of Fresno State University and the University of Oregon, he has been on the faculty of Southern Oregon University since 1966.
Inada is the author of "Before the War," the first volume of poetry by an Asian-American to be published by a major firm. His second book of poetry, " Legends from the Camp," received the American Book Award and was featured on " Sunday Morning," the CBS television program.
Inada also won the Oregon Governor's Arts Award and received two National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Fellowships. He is one of 21 poets to be honored at the White House for a "Salute to Poetry and American Poets."
His free workshop, titled "Voice of the Salinas Valley," will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in room 116 of the College Center.
Other workshops during the two-day conference will be presented by Lorenzo Aragon, artist-in-residence at Hartnell's Western Stage; Elliot Roberts, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union; Seth Pollack and Pamela Motoike of the service learning center at California State University, Monterey Bay; Maria Tabor, Hartnell English instructor and poet; and Jose Cueller, former director of the Caesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University.
A "Celebration Dinner" will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Steinbeck Hall of the College Center. Tickets, available at the cashier's office on campus, are $15 for the public and $10 for students.
The conference is sponsored by the Associated Students with support from the Salinas Californian, Wells Fargo Bank, the National Steinbeck Center, the Pebble Beach Co., and Hartnell College's Cultural Funding Committee.
For more information, call Irene Rasmussen at (831) 755-6825.