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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 09:49 PM

George Takei speaking at Vanderbilt Oct.2


George Takei, an actor and social justice advocate who had a founding role in the original Star Trek television series, will speak at Vanderbilt University on Oct. 2 as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. Takei will discuss “Reflections on Defying the Status Quo in America” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente will host the free event in Langford Auditorium.

Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise, has become a powerful voice on topics ranging from politics to pop culture. He will share his complex story of American identity, which spans from his family’s wrongful internment as Japanese Americans during World War II to his powerful voice in the fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in the United States.

Takei has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, a community activist and an outspoken supporter of human rights. He has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign “Coming Out” project and cultural affairs chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Takei’s talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Kitt Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Economics and director of Public Policy Studies, and Vanderbilt senior Alyson Win.

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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:02 PM

1. I heard him 2 weeks ago - great and thoughtful man

He has a new book, about the internment camps for the Japanese. It's done in a comic book fashion to appeal to a new generation of readers.

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