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Hispanic Cultural Center to present Sonia Manzano

The Austin Peay State University Hispanic Cultural Center will host Emmy Award-winning actress Sonia Manzano, who will speak about the influence of television on children.

The event takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in the Clement Auditorium.

Manzano has been a presence on public television since the 1970s and is most famous for her role as Maria on Sesame Street.
The Austin Peay State University Hispanic Cultural Center will host Emmy Award-winning actress Sonia Manzano, who will speak about the influence of television on children.

The event takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in the Clement Auditorium.

Manzano has been a presence on public television since the 1970s and is most famous for her role as Maria on “Sesame Street.”

Manzano has received awards from the Association of Hispanic Arts, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C., The National Hispanic Media Coalition, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and Hispanic Heritage Award for Education in 2003. She received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Notre Dame University in 2005. Closer to home, she is proud to have been inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame in 2004.

She was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. She has served on the March of Dimes board and the board of the George Foster Peabody Awards and the board of Symphony Space, well known for its “Literary Shorts” series on NPR.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Palomaki, (931) 221-6645. -- Barry Williams