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Law & Order’s B.D. Wong to speak at URI, Sept. 21

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Lecture is part of Honors Colloquium series on RACE

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 16, 2010 –Tony award-winning and Law & Order actor B.D. Wong will give the first Harrington School of Communication and Media Lecture at the University of Rhode Island Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston.

His talk, All the World’s a Stage: Race and Identity, is part of URI’s ongoing colloquium, which is exploring the key issues of race. The semester-long series, free and open to the public, is intended to foster and further ongoing, public dialogs about race.

Wong plays forensic psychiatrist George Huang on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He is also known for his role as Father Ray Mukada, the compassionate and tireless Catholic priest in the controversial HBO series Oz. He has guest starred on such popular and diverse television shows as the X-Files, Sesame Street, and Chicago Hope. He appeared in the HBO film And the Band Played On.

His is in the cast for the musical Bruce Lee: Journey to the West, targeted for a Broadway launch in 2011. Wong’s theater performances have earned him numerous awards including the Outer Critic’s Award, Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award and the coveted Tony.

While he doesn’t consider himself an activist per se, Wong has been recognized for his work as a prominent Asian-American citizen, helping to conquer some of his community’s unique challenges.

People who are unable to attend the lecture can view it live by going to www.uri.edu.

For a complete, up-to-date schedule of the colloquium, visit www.uri.edu/hc. For further information contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2303 or deg@uri.edu. For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401.874.2853 or zman@foundation.uri.edu.

NOTE: There will be no scheduled colloquium lecture next week. The series resumes on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7.


Major Sponsors:
Honors Program, Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Sciences, Richard and Jean Harrington and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, College of Engineering, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Human Science and Services, Office of the President.

Sustaining Sponsors:
The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Sponsors:
Division of University Advancement, College of Business Administration, College of Pharmacy, Department of Communication Studies, Center for Student Leadership Development, Office of the Dean of Students, Women’s Studies Program, Athletics, Multicultural Center, Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, University College–Phi Eta Sigma, Department of Kinesiology.

Friends:
African and African American Studies Program, Center for the Humanities, Coastal Institute, College of Nursing, Special Programs for Talent Development, Women’s Center.