Actor, Activist Ed Asner Provides Perspective on Middle East Conflict During Campus Forum

Actor, Activist Ed Asner Provides Perspective on Middle East Conflict During Campus Forum
Veteran actor Ed Asner speaks out againt war in Iraq at Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 5.

Actor and activist Ed Asner spoke against a war with Iraq during a recent Campus Forum at Cal Poly Pomona. Approximately 60 faculty, staff, students, community members and media representatives attended Asner?s discussion about ?How An Artist Sees the Iraq War? on Feb. 5 in the CLA Building.

Asner?s visit was part of Cal Poly Pomona?s free Campus Forum series, which brings speakers to discuss topics of current and pertinent interest to the campus community.

Best known for his role as Lou Grant in ?The Mary Tyler Moore Show? (1970-77), Asner received five Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the grumpy, lovable TV and newspaper editor. He has also received Emmys for performances in the mini-series ?Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)? and ?Roots? (1977), and has earned five Golden Globe Awards for his work. In addition, the Screen Actors honored Asner with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Asner?s public persona is that of a crusader and celebrity activist. He served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981-1985, and frequently used his position as a forum for his political opinions ? notably his opposition to U.S. involvement in Central America. As a leading activist in the actors' strike of 1980, Asner was an outspoken, controversial leader.

Asner continues to be active in many humanitarian and political organizations, dividing his time between dramatic acting roles, various political and charitable causes, and project developments with his company Quince Productions Inc.

The Campus Forum featuring Asner can be viewed online at

For more information on the Campus Forum series, call Saul Landau, director of digital media and international outreach programs for the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, at (909) 869-3115.