Soledad O'Brien to give keynote lecture at UAB

Soledad O'BrienAs part of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien will speak at UAB with a lecture titled “Diversity on TV: Behind the Scenes and in Our Lives.” The event will take place Monday, September 23 at 7 p.m. in the Alys Stephens Center, and admission is free.
O’Brien, the former anchor of CNN’s “Starting Point,” created the documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” which are among the network’s most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2011, she won an Emmy for her coverage of Haitian orphanages in the wake of a devastating earthquake. She also earned Peabody awards for her reporting on Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf Coast oil spill.

In June 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company that tells stories on the issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity.
A great way to get ready for O'Brien's lecture would be to watch “Latino in America: Chasing the Dream.” It will be shown Wednesday, September 18 in Heritage Hall room 102 at 6 p.m. Reported by Soledad O'Brien, the documentary explores how Latinos are reshaping our communities and culture and forcing a nation of immigrants to rediscover what it means to be an American. After the screening, there will be a community discussion led by the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.

For more related events, check out the Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month calendar.