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"We're All in the Same Gang" to be presented by actor Edward James Olmos

"We're All in the Same Gang" will be presented by Edward James Olmos, an actor, producer, director and community activist, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at New Mexico State University's Pan American Center.

Edward James Olmos, an actor, producer, director and community activist, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Pan American Center as part of the New Mexico State University Speakers Series. (Courtesy photo)

The presentation is part of the University Speakers Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces each spring. No tickets are required and admission is free.

During the course of his career, Olmos has conveyed the struggles and triumphs of everyday life in theatrical works such as "Zoot Suit," films such as "Stand and Deliver" and "Selena," and the television series "Miami Vice." Off screen he has helped communities in need, from victims of natural disasters and famine, to survivors of violence and abuse.

A recent biographer of Olmos said he is "a man with a mission" who "believes in portraying characters that have meaning and truth."

The actor also is widely known as one of Hollywood's most dedicated social activists, and as one of the most active speakers on the college lecture circuit. He has received five honorary doctorates.

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Olmos has taken a special interest in problems facing youth. He has been the U.S. Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children's Fund as well as the executive director of the Lives in Hazard Project, a national gang prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, and currently sits on the boards of numerous organizations.

The University Speakers Series, presented each spring by the Honors Program and the Office of the Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included Native American author N. Scott Momaday, neurologist Oliver Sacks, primatologist Jane Goodall and social activist Gloria Steinem.

For more information, call the Honors Program at (505) 646-2005.