Best Lecturer

The quixotic dream of bringing art to the people through public lectures still thrives in Gregorio Luke's imagination. The Long Beach-based expert on Latin American art and culture continues to redefine the lecture as an art form itself. Luke's riveting passion is undeniable, and his range of topics immense. He gives talks on literary, artistic and revolutionary icons including Pablo Neruda, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Jesus and Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Beyond the biographical, the conversationalist also delves into Mexican cinema, mariachi music and Mayan civilization. Luke has done the museum circuit countless times, but the newest tool in his intellectual repertoire is a giant inflatable projection screen allowing him to go anywhere with his outdoor “Murals Under the Stars” series that includes frequent stops at Latino Health Access' Green Heart Families Park in Santa Ana.

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