The County College of Morris (CCM) Legacy Project’s fifth anniversary lecture series rounds out its season with four-time Emmy award winner and leading broadcast journalist Maria Hinojosa. The award-winning journalist will speak on Tuesday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Davidson Rooms at the Student Community Center, located on CCM’s Randolph Campus, 214 Center Grove Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hinojosa built her career covering stories at the heart of the Latino community. Born in Mexico, Hinojosa helped launch Latino USA, one of the earliest radio shows dedicated to the rich diversity of the Latino community. She is the anchor and executive producer of the Peabody award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, and contributes to CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest on MSNBC. Join the Legacy Project for a conversation about America with a woman whose voice speaks to millions.

The objective of the Legacy Project, an interdisciplinary initiative at CCM, is to promote engagement and context on important subject areas that shed light on history and the modern day. The lecture series, curricular materials and other projects are shared with the CCM community and the public.

“One of the most fulfilling aspects of the Legacy Project is seeing how students and members of the community walk away each and every time influenced by these powerful stories and important educational lessons,” remarked John Soltes, assistant professor of Communication and co-chair of the Legacy Project.

Soltes conducts the final planning for the annual lecture series along with fellow co-chairs: Michelle Altieri, assistant professor, Communication; Dee McAree, assistant professor, English and Philosophy; and Dr. Jill Schennum, department chair of Sociology, Economics andAnthropology.

“It has been a great honor to work with faculty and staff members from several departments and offices. The interdisciplinary nature of the Legacy Project has kept our group creative, forward thinking and collaborative,” said Soltes.

The Legacy Project advisory committee is comprised of 25 members with representation from CCM’s School of Liberal Arts, School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences, Department of Special Events, Department of Counseling Services and Student Success, and the Learning Resource Center.

Most recently, the Legacy Project welcomed President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, who is the fifth person in U.S. history to serve in such a role. Previous Legacy Project events included a performance by Ballet Hispanico’s BHdos dance company; a lecture by national suicide prevention advocate Kevin Hines; a lecture by Maud Dahme, New Jersey Hall of Famer, on her experiences of surviving the Holocaust; and a panel discussion of civil rights leaders, including a personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reservations to the Legacy Project lectures are not required but appreciated by emailing legacy@ccm.edu or calling 973-328-5469. All visitors must obtain a parking pass from the Public Safety office, which is located across from Parking Lot 10. For a map of the CCM campus visit https://www3a.ccm.edu/newmap.shtml.


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