August 17, 2021 (Cicero, IL) Award-winning Hollywood writer, actor, producer, Rick Najera, brings his nationally acclaimed series Latino Thought Makers live and in person to Morton College to kick off its 2021-2022 season, beginning Friday, September 24, 2021 at the college’s Jedlicka Performing Arts Center.

Writer, Actor, Speaker and Host of Latino Thought Makers, Rick Najera

Latino Thought Maker series will feature four, separate live, sit-down interviews and personal conversations in Morton College’s Jedlicka Performing Arts Center stage hosted by Rick Najera featuring his diverse network of influential and inspirational Latinos and Latinas in Hollywood. 

“We are honored and privileged to have Mr. Najera and his inspiring Latino Thought Makers series at Morton College,” said Dr. Stan Fields, President of Morton College. “We look forward to recognizing and celebrating the Latino contributions to our community through this successful forum of learning and engagement.“

The Latino Thought Makers builds bridges of understanding in cultural diversity through personal and comedic dialogue and showcases critical thinking as it relates to entertainment and education and provides the audience an opportunity to be a part of a greater dialogue and motivational story-telling experience. It is an unscripted interview series highlighting prominent Latinx personalities through organic conversations with Najera’s network of industry friends and community leaders. Previous guests have included Edward James Olmos, Dr. Cornel West, Dolores Huerta, Danny Trejo and hundreds others. 

“Latino Thought Makers was started as an effort to create a town hall for Latinos and change the narrative to showcase and celebrate positive contributions to the American experience, said Rick Najera. “All are welcomed as we celebrate our continuing contribution to our shared country.” 

The author of five critically acclaimed books, Rick Najera has also written for film and television for more than 20 years in Hollywood and performed on Broadway in New York in his self-written stage play, Latinologues, directed by comedy legend Cheech Marin. 

Najera has a Bachelors in Communication from California Lutheran University and is currently working toward a Masters of Fine Arts at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, whose alumni ranks include Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt and Denzel Washington. 

Latino Thought Makers will kick off its 2021-2022 series at the Morton College Jedlicka Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 24, 2021. The event will be open to the public and entrance will be free. The shows will also broadcasted live via Morton College’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

For more information and to view Latino Thought Makers please visit www.morton.edu/latinos-thought-makers/. Follow Morton College’s Facebook page as we will soon announce out first guest. 

About Morton College

Founded in 1924 to meet the educational demands in the growing communities of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other near-western suburbs, Morton College is the second oldest community college in Illinois. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life of its diverse community through exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, community service, and life-long learning. Morton College is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information on Morton College, visitwww.morton.edu

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