February 19, 2009

Actor Ed Begley, Jr. to highlight Project Respect events with speech

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A speech by actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. will highlight Purdue University's Project Respect activities.

Held annually, Project Respect is two weeks of campus activities showcasing the university's commitment to diversity and activities where students, faculty, staff and the community can get involved.

Project Respect opens with the poetry event "Imagine Mending Mother Earth," at 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 20) in the Black Cultural Center. Poets from the community will share poems that express concern for the Earth's sustainability.

Begley will be the Project Respect keynote speaker Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Begley, currently on the cast of the CBS primetime comedy "Gary Unmarried," has been an environmentalist for more than 30 years. He will discuss ways to reduce the impact individuals have on the planet and alternatives to encourage a greener lifestyle.

The veteran actor has shared his environmental concerns and ways of living "green" through his HGTV show "Living with Ed." He also has been seen in the recent HBO film "Recount" as well as in recurring roles on "Six Feet Under," "Arrested Development," and "Boston Legal."

Most of the Project Respect events are free and open to the public. A full calendar of Project Respect events can be found online at: http://www.purdue.edu/humanrel/project_respect/

Project Respect is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity Resource Office/DiversiKey, Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, Office of the Dean of Students, Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics, Purdue Student Union Board, University Residences, Women's Resource Office, African-American Studies and Research Center, Women's Studies Program, Purdue Student Government, Black Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center and Purdue Convocations.

Writer: Clyde Hughes, (765) 494-2073, jchughes@purdue.edu

Source: Catherine Pope,  (765) 494-9879, cepope@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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