Lights, camera, culture! University Housing Services will be welcoming actor Carlos Ponce to campus to speak at the annual Latino Cultural Dinner.

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Carlos Ponce

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, at the Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center. Guests will have an opportunity to participate in a dialogue led by Ponce on subjects ranging from the representation of Latino culture in today’s media to the significance of the Latino voice in political discourse.

Born in Puerto Rico, Ponce’s parents, Carlos Ponce Sr. and Esther Freyre, emigrated from Cuba after the communist revolution. Ponce’s acting career began at age 6, when he starred in his first television commercial. He has continued to act in a variety of films and television shows including Spy, Cristela, and Couples Retreat.

Campus Dining Services’ A Taste of Excellence Catering will provide a cultural meal experience. Entertainment for the evening will feature the Peoria-based Brazilionaires, a band described as “a unique fusion of jazz, Brazilian samba, and retro lounge.”

Limited tickets are available and can be reserved from now until October 28. Cost of the event is one meal swipe for meal plan participants and $20 for individuals without a meal plan. Purchase tickets and find more details about the event at

The Latino Cultural Dinner is sponsored by Campus Dining Services, the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, the ISU Association of Residence Halls, University Housing Services, Watterson Area Government, Watterson Diversity Coalition, and the Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Programming and Advisory Committee.