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Actress Rosie Perez to Speak at Bunker Hill Community College

Monday, November 22, 2010

Award-winning actress, choreographer and AIDS activist Rosie Perez will speak at Bunker Hill Community College on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 1 p.m. The event, part of the College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required, as space is limited. To reserve a seat, visit the web site: bhcc.mass.edu/speakers-reservations.

Nominated for an Academy Award for acting and an Emmy for choreography, Perez is best known for her roles in Do the Right Thing, The Road to Eldorado, White Men Can’t Jump, and Somebody to Love. In addition to her work as a film producer, director and choreographer, Perez has played major roles on the stage, including a starring role in the hit revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

In February 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Perez to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Throughout her career Perez has been an activist in a number of causes, especially those related to HIV/AIDS, inner-city youth and Puerto Rican rights.

Past speakers in Bunker Hill Community College’s Compelling Conversations include Sanjay Gupta, Jehan Sadat, Gloria Steinem. Juan Williams, and Bob Woodward. Upcoming speakers include New York Times op-ed columnist and author Gail Collins (February 22, 2011) and civil rights activist and former championship boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (March 24, 2011). For further information, visit : bhcc.mass.edu/speakers-reservations.

Media Contact:
Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: kmnorton@bhcc.mass.edu


Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.