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Ray Suarez

PBS Journalist and Author to Appear at Baldwin Wallace

One of the world’s most distinguished Hispanic journalists will take the stage for round two of the 2012-13 "Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series" at Baldwin Wallace University.

Author and Senior Correspondent for "The PBS NewsHour," Ray Suarez, will appear on October 24, 2012 at 8 p.m. in BW’s Kulas Musical Arts Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Suarez is currently at work on the companion volume to a forthcoming documentary series for PBS chronicling the history of Latinos in America. With more than thirty years of award-winning experience in the news business, Suarez landed at "The NewsHour" from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program "Talk of the Nation."

Suarez currently hosts the monthly radio program “America Abroad” for Public Radio International and the weekly politics program “Destination Casa Blanca” for The Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network, HITN-TV.

A distinguished author, Suarez most recently penned a book examining the tightening relationship between religion and politics in America, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America. Suarez also wrote The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, and has contributed to several other books, including What We See, How I Learned English, Brooklyn: A State of Mind, Local Heroes, Saving America's Treasures, and Las Christmas.

Suarez is the second of four engaging and diverse speakers who will take the Enduring Questions (or EQ) stage over the course of the academic year. Each speaker brings a distinctive perspective to the 2012-13 EQ theme of “Human Rights and Responsibilities: Who Decides?" The theme examines global perspectives on human rights.

When the series moves into 2013, C.T. Vivian, a living legend of the Civil Rights Movement, will deliver the Martin Luther King Week address on January 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Kleist Center for Art & Drama. Novelist Chris Abani, who was imprisoned by the Nigerian government for his writing as a teenager, wraps up the lecture series on March 20, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Kulas Musical Arts Building.


The Baldwin Wallace University Core Curriculum centers on a common course entitled "Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World." This course encourages us to wrestle with the timeless questions that unite humanity:

• What does it mean to be a human being?

• How do human beings relate to each other?

• How do human beings relate to the natural world?

The Series was established in 2006 in honor of Dr. Mark Collier, President of Baldwin Wallace University from 1999-2006, and represents an on-going commitment from the College to bring world-renowned speakers to campus to extend the conversation beyond the classroom.

The 2012-2013 Enduring Questions Lecture Series is sponsored by the Academic and Cultural Events Series, the Office of Core Curriculum, the David Brain Leadership Program, the Office of Diversity Affairs, the Kamm Lecture Series, the Marting Lecture Series, the MLK Week Committee and the Enduring Questions Lecture Series Endowment.

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