Arcadia University Presents Gilberto Gonzalez, Author of ‘Three Rings,’ on Sept. 22
Glenside, Pa.—Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010—Arcadia University’s Civility in Action Leadership Discussion Series “Profiles of Civility” presents Gilberto González, author of Three Rings, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Castle Dining Room.
The Civility in Action Leadership Discussion Series is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with the Campus Climate Team, Academic Affairs and the Office of Student Engagement. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Taylor Hall Room 110 or call 215-572-4088.
González, an award-winning artist and writer from Philadelphia, serves as the senior graphic designer at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he also served as an adviser and advocate for the College’s Latin American Student Organization (LASO), an international organization that promotes education, understanding, and support for all aspects of Latino culture, including history, arts, cuisine, music, and more.
In 2009, González published Three Rings, a shockingly sexy, gritty and humorous fictional memoir that captures the flavor of growing up in the hood and is roughly based on his relationships with women. González says that he “wanted Three Rings to focus on life in the hood but from the point of view of interpersonal relationships.” Three Rings weaves into the pages many of González’s powerful paintings of urban landscapes to underscore the themes of the book. Copies of his book will be raffled at the event.
When not writing, publishing or designing the Community College of Philadelphia’s numerous publications or directing photography for its website, González as a member of the College’s Diversity Council educates faculty and staff members about the Latino population and Puerto Rican history in Philadelphia. Realizing the need for Latino support systems, he dedicates much of his time to organizations including ASPIRA and LULAC which encourage and support young Latinos to stay in school and continue their education. He is dedicated to working to make a change toward decreasing the high dropout rates of Latino youth. He is also the creator of Cinco Graphics at the Taller Puertorriqueño, a professional training program that allows high school students to prepare for college or the workforce in graphic design. This endeavor combines his passion for educating youth with his graphic design skills.
Gilberto Gonzalez is a graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he earned an associate degree of Fine Arts and a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.
About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad, ranked #1 in undergraduate participation in study abroad (Open Doors 2009). Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North, as one of the top study abroad programs in the nation, and as a “top up-and-coming school.” The Physical Therapy program is ranked 7th in the nation.