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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Esmeralda Santiago, acclaimed author of When I
was Puerto Rican and Américas Dream, will provide the keynote address
during “Diversity Day” at Pace University, at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct 28.
The address is funded by the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ 1996
National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, in support of the
NEH Humanities Initiative. The event will be held in the Kessel Campus
Center. The public is invited.
Santiago was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is the oldest of 11 children.
Her single mother brought her to the United States when she was 13. After
attending the High School for the Performing Arts, she graduated from Harvard
University in 1976 magna cum laude, and earned an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence
College. She is a journalist and owns a film production company with her
husband. She is the mother of two children.
“Diversity Day” also will include a performance of “Faces of America” from
12:30 – 2 p.m., sponsored by the Offices of Student Life and Services, the
Student Government Association and Common Voices. “Faces of America” portrays
true stories of nine young Americans, each of a different ethnic background,
in this truthful one-person show. It is written and directed by Will & Company’s
Artistic Director Colin Cox and is performed by Fran de Leon.
Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New
York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate,
graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences,
Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of
Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and World Trade Institute.