Edward James Olmos, a respected actor and passionate community activist, will present the annual Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Arizona State University's Gammage Auditorium. The lecture, "We're All in the Same Gang," is free and open to the public.

In his presentations, Olmos emphasizes culture and racial harmony as the American ideal. Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican immigrant father and a Mexican-American mother, he talks about his heritage and the need to reconcile history books with actual history. He emphasizes the importance of education and personal responsibility.

Often at the forefront of social causes, Olmos has been named by Hispanic Magazine as the nation's most influential Hispanic-American.

His talk is presented by Barrett, the Honors College. He will be at ASU for several days, joining students for several class sessions and informal presentations.

Tickets are required for the free event and are available at the Gammage box office (1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe), www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (480) 965-3434. Service fees will apply when ordering by internet or phone. Free parking is available in the Gammage lot.

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