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Castro Professorship Adds Bonus Event 11/16

Tom Tancredo & Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano debate immigration

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-770

Posted: November 16, 2010

WHAT: Continuing a 13-year history of bringing renowned Latino and Latina scholars, artists and community leaders to Metropolitan State College of Denver, this year’s Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship is nationally syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano.

WHO: As a last-minute addition to the professorship, Arellano has agreed to a sit-down debate with Tom Tancredo, former Republican congressman and recent third-party gubernatorial candidate for Colorado. Arellano is the newly-appointed managing editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, Calif., a contributing editor of the Los Angeles Times op/ed pages, author of “Orange County: A Personal History” and radio host on KPFK-FM 90.7 in Southern California. He is the author of ¡Ask a Mexican!, an award-winning and nationally syndicated column with a circulation of 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, appearing locally in the Westword newspaper. 

Both Tancredo and Arellano plan to have a spirited debate on the topic of immigration as well as other related subjects. The debate will be moderated by Patricia Calhoun, Westword editor. All suggested debate questions must be submitted in writing to and note cards will be available at the event for question submission. No signs will be allowed inside the facility.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., theater opens for seating at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Su Teatro, the former Denver Civic Theatre,
721 Santa Fe Dr.
Free event for students
A suggested donation of $10 is asked to cover security and to benefit the Castro Professorship endowment.
The event is SOLD OUT, tickets are being picked up at:
Su Teatro, 721 Stanta Fe Dr.
Westword, 969 Broadway
For ticket questions call 303-296-7744

WHY: The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State College of Denver. The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to Metro State to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community. For more information visit:


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation´╗┐