October 18, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 5

Poet Maya Angelou to Speak at Northridge on October 21

Author of 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' Will Discuss Her Works, Her Life at Student-Sponsored Event

Poet Maya Angelou(right) will discuss her literature, her poetry and her life at an 11:30 a.m. appearance on Thursday, October 21 on the steps of the Oviatt Library.

The author of no fewer than ten bestselling books, among them her breakthrough autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Angelou also has earned fame from her work as an historian, actress, journalist, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director.

Open to the entire CSUN campus community and the public as well, the Cal State Northridge appearance is sponsored by the all-student Union Program Council (UPC) and the University Student Union, Inc. Additional support for the event has come from the College of Humanities, the Pan-African Studies Department and the Communication Studies Department.

Also contributing support are the Women's Studies Department, the University Ambassadors, the Women's Center and Project ACT! (Advocates for Cultural Talk), a diversity awareness/prejudice reduction program that promotes respectful intergroup relations on campus.

Event organizer Tania Figueroa, University Student Union program coordinator, expressed delight at bringing a figure of Angelou's stature to the Cal State Northridge campus. "The students of UPC are thrilled at the opportunity to plan a large-scale event such as this," she said, adding that the students acquire valuable skills in the process.

Angelou's latest book, "Hallelujah! The Welcome Table," combines anecdotes from her eventful life with her zest for food. The book joins a long list of other publications, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie," "And Still I Rise," "Even the Stars Look Lonesome," "The Heart of a Woman," and "Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now."

Her book, "Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems for Women," inspired the name for the Phenomenal Women Awards sponsored every other year by CSUN's Women's Studies Department. "On the Pulse of Morning" was written and performed at the request of President Bill Clinton for his 1993 inauguration ceremony.

For more information, contact Tania Figueroa at (818) 677-6576.

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