Victor Villaseñor to present keynote lecture for National Hispanic Heritage Month


Victor Villaseñor, the keynote speaker for National Hispanic Heritage Month at NKU, will talk about accessing your inner genius at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the University Center's Otto Budig Theatre.

Villaseñor has written nine novels, including the national bestseller Rain of Gold, which is used by school systems across the nation as required reading. The book tells the story of the author's family, taking the reader from war-torn Mexico during the Revolution of 1910 to the present day. A television miniseries based on Rain of Gold and its sequel, Thirteen Senses, will be presented on HBO.

The author's presentation, sponsored by the Office of Latino Programs and Services, will be followed by a book signing. To make a reservation, contact Diane Maldonado at

Born in the barrio of Carlsbad, California, in 1940, Villaseñor was raised on a ranch four miles north in Oceanside. After years of facing language and cultural barriers, heavy discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as dyslexia, he dropped out of high school his junior year and moved to Mexico. There he discovered a wealth of Mexican literature, art and music that helped him recapture and understand the dignity and richness of his heritage.

Villaseñor’s acclaimed written works, as well as his inspiring lectures, have earned him numerous honors, including the Founding John Steinbeck Chair appointment. In his lectures, he brings a fresh perspective to a number of universal themes, including pride in cultural heritage, the strength of family, dedication to education and personal achievement and the power of the written word.