Actress Marlee Matlin coming to CSU

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 23, 2014 

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Actress Marlee Matlin, who is hearing-impaired, poses with her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at dedication ceremonies in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)


Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin will be the featured speaker at Columbus State University's annual Legacy Celebration Banquet.

The dinner will be at 7 p.m. on March 26 in the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development on the school's main campus. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Several CSU students will be honored at the banquet for both academic achievement and their work in the community.

The CSU website calls this an evening to celebrate cultural diversity by creating a cultural space of inclusion for all of the minority demographics represented at CSU.

"One of our vice presidents heard Matlin speak elsewhere and said she was just dynamic and that she was somebody we just had to bring to Columbus State," said Johniqua Williams, coordinator for the Office of Diversity Programs and Services at CSU. "We are very glad that we were able to get her."

The focus of the evening will be disabilities. Matlin lost her hearing when she was 18 months old but did not let it stop her from a successful career.

Matlin won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in "Children of a Lesser God."

She was a regular on television shows "Picket Fences," "The West Wing," "Reasonable Doubts" and "The L Word." She has been nominated for an Emmy four times. She currently stars in the ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth."

The married mother of four children has authored three novels for children and in 2009 published her autobiography, "I'll Scream Later," which appeared on The New York Times best-seller list.

The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $20 for CSU students and $45 for everyone else.

To registration, call 706-507-8594 or visit

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