Oscar-Nominated Actress Rosie Perez to Present Brooklyn Voices

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – February 6, 2014 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Oscar-nominated actress, choreographer, author and long-time Clinton Hill resident Rosie Perez will present the next Brooklyn Voices lecture on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium located on the College’s Brooklyn Campus. At this event, she will discuss her memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, in conversation with writer and theater critic Hilton Als. Held in partnership with Greenlight Bookstore, this talk is free and open to the public.

“I am delighted that Rosie Perez has chosen SJC for her book event,” said SJC’s Brooklyn Campus Executive Dean Dr. Richard Greenwald. “Ms. Perez has been an important force in our community and offers a unique perspective on life that I believe will be of interest to the SJC community.”

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rosie Perez is best known for her effervescent personality and memorable roles in Do The Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump, Pineapple Express, The Counselor and Fearless, which she received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. But most of her fans would be surprised to learn that she had a childhood straight out of a Dickens novel—abandoned by her schizophrenic mother, then sent to live at a Catholic home for boys and girls. In her new memoir Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, Perez tells her story in her own inimitable voice, as well as sharing stories from her professional life. 

The Brooklyn Campus of SJC is located at 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. For more information, please contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or email mbanach@sjcny.edu.

Created in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore and the Brooklyn Rail, the aim of the Brooklyn Voices series is to promote and enhance the creative vitality of our home neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill by providing local writers, artists, and intellectuals with a forum in which to discuss and present their works to our neighbors, patrons, and students. Through lectures, forums, performances, and public discussion, Brooklyn Voices seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the thriving intellectual culture of the neighborhood and ensure that our community remains a stimulating place in which to live, learn, and do business.

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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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