ATLANTA –Award-winning actress and humanitarian America Ferrera will be the final speaker in Georgia State University’s Distinguished Speaker Series at 3 p.m., April 1 in the Student Center Ballroom. The event, part of Georgia State’s centennial celebration, is free and open to the public.
“Campus Events selected America Ferrera to speak as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series because of her success as an actress and her commitment to youth empowerment,” said Nicole Holman, campus events public relations director. “Additionally, she will be the first Latina speaker in the Distinguished Speaker Series’ five-year history.”Ferrera is best known for her role as Betty Suarez on ABC-TV’s hit comedy “Ugly Betty.” She has also starred in films, including, “Real Women Have Curves,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”
Ferrera has been dedicated to helping with causes that affect women, children and education. She appeared in PBS’s “Half the Sky,” which examined the struggles of women in 10 underprivileged countries fighting for change. She also was an artist ambassador for Save The Children and visited Honduras on behalf of ONE, an organization that fights extreme poverty.
After her lecture, Ferrera will engage in a question-and-answer session with students, faculty and staff.