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Upcoming Cultural Dinner


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University Housing Services is pleased to welcome actress and activist Marlee Matlin for the Disability Awareness Cultural Dinner Tuesday, March 24 at 5 p.m. in the Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center.

Matlin lost her hearing at 18 months but never let her challenges dictate her future dreams. At age 21, Matlin received worldwide acclaim as the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar for Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God. She has also been nominated for her appearances in Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice and Law and Order: SVU and starred for seven years in The West Wing. She currently makes appearances on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.

Along with a successful career, Matlin has dedicated herself to raise awareness for many humanitarian causes including diversity, LGBT rights, domestic abuse, addiction and better hearing health for millions of children in developing countries. In 2013, Matlin worked with MEDL Mobile to create “Marlee Signs,” an app that teaches basic American Sign Language on mobile devices.

Matlin’s presentation will challenge audiences to advocate inclusion, acceptance and access for all people and to live life without judgment as everyone is different and nobody is perfect.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by singer JP Williams. Williams learned early in life that you don’t have to see to believe as he lost his sight at the age of 10 and continues his passion for music and performance.

Tickets are one meal swipe for those with meal plans and $20 for those without meal plans and will be available online February 23-March 19 at Housing.IlliinoisState.edu. No tickets will be sold at the door.  For more information, contact (309) 438-5399.

This event is sponsored by University Housing Services and co-sponsored by Illinois State’s Campus Dining Services, Association of Residence Halls, Tri-Towers Area Government, West Campus Diversity Coalition and MECCPAC (A Dean of Students’ Diversity Initiative).





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