Hudson County Community College Announces Speakers for 2010-2011 Lecture Series

Line-up includes higher education leader Dr. Terry O’Banion, terryobanion

actor/activist Edward James Olmosedward-james-olmos

renowned author/intellect Cornel Westcornell-west

and TV journalist/producer Juju Chang


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 JERSEY CITY, N.J. / September 1, 2010 – Although they are from very different walks of life, each of the four speakers slated to appear in the Hudson County Community College 2010-2011 Lecture Series has worked to improve life and has acted as inspiration for thousands.

The series begins on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 with the appearance of Dr. Terry O’Banion, Director of the Community College Leadership Program at Walden University.




Dr. O’Banion is a world-renowned leader in the field of higher education who has championed – and helped shape – community colleges for more than four decades. He served as the president of the League for Innovation in the Community College (one of the most dynamic organizations in the education realm) for more than two decades, and authored 12 books and 135 articles on community colleges.

“Community colleges are America’s affordable colleges in everyone’s backyard. They provide a second chance for students who never dreamed of attending college, and they require strong leaders who can help students navigate through the social and economic challenges of the 21st century,” Dr. O’Banion has written.

Edward James Olmos, the acclaimed actor, producer, director and community activist, will speak at the College on Thursday, November 18, 2010. The Emmy- and Golden Globe- winning actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the dedicated math teacher Jaime Escalante in the film Stand and Deliver, is the executive director of the Lives in Hazard Educational Project, a national gang prevention program. Mr. Olmos is also a United States Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

Dr. Cornel West, the groundbreaking author, philosopher, civil rights activist, and one of America’s most respected intellectuals, is scheduled to speak on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.  The Princeton University professor published the 1993 bestseller Race Matters, a provocative analysis of racism in American democracy that has sold more than a half million copies to date, as well as 18 other books, and edited 13 books. He also frequently comments on social issues on various television news programs.

Juju Chang, the news anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will appear at Hudson County Community College on Thursday, March 3, 2011. After graduating with honors from Stanford University where she was awarded the Edwin Cottrell Political Science Prize, she pursued a career in journalism and broadcasting at PBS and ABC News. Ms. Chang has earned Emmy and Gracie awards for her coverage of the California wildfires, gender equality in the sciences, foreign adoptions gone wrong, the juvenile justice system, and other issues.

All of the lectures will be held in the Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street, just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Station in Jersey City. The lectures are free and open to the general public. However, tickets are a must and seating is limited. To obtain tickets for the lectures, please contact the Office of Student Activities at (201) 360-4195.

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