Monday, October 15, 2007

Jaime Escalante to speak at Austin Peay October 24

The Austin Peay State University Hispanic Cultural Center will host famed mathematics teacher Jaime Escalante, who inspired the popular 1980s movie, “Stand and Deliver.”

The three-day event begins with a showing of the film at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 22 in the Morgan University Center, Room 308. The film will be shown again at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the same location. Escalante will speak at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All events are free and open to the public.

Escalante’s talk Wednesday, titled “Ganas: Creating a Desire to Learn,” will highlight the ways in which Escalante has succeeded in educating students for decades. As a high school teacher, his underprivileged and Hispanic students have set academic records that remain unequaled in American education.

Apart from being the inspiration behind “Stand and Deliver,” one of the most acclaimed films of the 1980s, he is also the subject of the book “Escalante: The Best Teacher in America.”

An immigrant from Bolivia, Escalante continues to garner more awards within the teaching profession. In 1999, he was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

For more information about these events, contact the Hispanic Cultural Center by telephone at (931) 221-6645

Photo by Cathy Cole. Licensed under Creative Commons.

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