Ed Asner to Discuss "How An Artist Sees the Iraq War"

Ed Asner to Discuss "How An Artist Sees the Iraq War"
Ed Asner speaks on “How an Artist Sees the Iraq War” on Feb. 5.

Actor and activist Ed Asner will discuss ?How An Artist Sees the Iraq War,? on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m., in the CLA Building, Room P2-7.

Asner?s visit is 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 award-winning comedic and dramatic portrayal of journalist Lou Grant in ?The Mary Tyler Moore Show? (1970-1977), Asner received five Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Mary Tyler Moore?s grumpy, lovable boss, and a crusading newspaperman for the spin-off series ?Lou Grant? (1977-1982). He has also received two more Emmys for performances in ?Rich Man, Poor Man? and ?Roots,? and five Golden Globe Awards.

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.

He 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.

This Campus Forum can also be viewed online at video.cpp.edu.

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.