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March 30, 2004 > Ohlone College: Unity Week 2004

Ohlone College: Unity Week 2004

Ohlone College is celebrating Unity Week, April 5th - 8th. Enjoy free cultural food, live-music, and performances with faculty, students, and the community at the Fremont campus and in the Smith Center.

Associated Students at Ohlone College, ASOC, presents Unity Week at Ohlone College with a different theme each day, "Trust, Acceptance, Diversity and Peace." Three outstanding lectures will be presenting on unity issues. Brett Leake, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and Ted Hersh will be keynote speakers.

Brett Leake, a motivational speaker, adds personal stories to his standup act and what have been called 'philosophic lecturettes'. Leake has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. In 1991 he became the first disabled comic to appear on NBC's Tonight Show where Jay Leno said, "He broke up the whole room. People realized here's a man with a disability and he's not gonna' let it bother him." Leake entertains and surprises the audience with his humorous 'lecturettes'. Leake will speak on Tuesday, April 6th at 12:00 p.m. in the Smith Center.

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, co-author of Farewell to Manzanar, a true story of her family's experience during and after the WWII internment. Her essays and short stories have been widely anthologized. Houston will also discuss her newest novel, The Legend of Fire Horse Woman. Houston will speak on Thursday, April 8th at 12:00 p.m. in the Smith Center.

Ted Hersh, a Holocaust survivor will share his experiences of being separated from his family and working in a forced labor camp in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. His tale of survival has been captured on videotape and archived by the Steven Spielberg project. Hersh will speak on Thursday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m. in building #3, room #3201 at the Fremont campus.

For information about Unity Week please visit: or call 510.659.6255. Smith Center for the Fine & Performing Arts is located on the Fremont campus at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Boulevard.

Free Admission

Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine & Performing Arts
Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont.

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