Hudson County Community College Announces Lineup for 2015-16 Lecture Series

Posted: 10/8/2015
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061 jchristopher@hccc.edu

October 7, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – The Hudson County Community College Lecture Series will resume this fall as part of the College’s new Cultural Affairs Program. The Lecture Series public offerings will feature three accomplished and engaging individuals who hail from the journalism and entertainment sectors. All of the events are open to the community, and there is no charge for admission. However, tickets are required for admission and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The HCCC Lecture Series events will be held at 6:00 p.m. at either the College’s Culinary Conference Center – 161 Newkirk St. in Jersey City, NJ, or at the HCCC North Hudson Campus – 4800 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City, NJ.

Maria Hinojosa, the Emmy-winning journalist, will be the first speaker, appearing on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the HCCC North Hudson Campus. Ms. Hinojosa is a trailblazer in news and investigative journalism with more than 25 years experience reporting on critical issues and the changing cultural and political landscape in America. She is now the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Peabody-winning program, Latino USA.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, the actor, producer and author Sean Astin will appear at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center. Mr. Astin is best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character in Rudy. In his 2004 memoir, There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale (co-authored with Joe Layden), he recounted his film career with emphasis on his Lord of the Rings experiences.

Wil Haygood, the Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and author of The Butler: A Witness to History, will speak on Nov. 19 at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center. Mr. Haygood was also associate producer of the film version of his best-selling book, The Butler. In his distinguished career as a journalist for The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, he covered some of the nation’s most historic events. Mr. Haygood’s newest book is Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America.

Writer, producer and director Ava DuVernay will share her experiences on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at HCCC’s Culinary Conference Center. DuVernay’s credits include the films I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere, and the critically acclaimed Selma.

“The Meeting,” a play by Jeff Stetson, will be presented on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Culinary Conference Center. “The Meeting” portrays an imaginary meeting between civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

Tickets for the HCCC 2015-16 Lecture Series may be obtained by contacting (201) 360-4020.