Latino filmmaker Gregory Nava to join U of I symposium

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Noted Latino film director Gregory Nava has joined the lineup for the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium at the University of Illinois.

Nava directed the films "El Norte," ''My Family" and "Selena" and created the Latino series "American Family." He will close out the daylong symposium Friday.

The event is focused on inclusion and diversity in movies and the media. Nava will discuss his career and challenges, his efforts at diversity in his filmmaking and his view of the industry's future.

Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California will be the keynote speaker.

The symposium named in part for the late film critic Roger Ebert will be at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Registration is encouraged.

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Online: https://media.illinois.edu/EbertSymposium

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