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Former Cherokee Nation chief Wilma Mankiller will launch the University at Buffalo's fall People's Speaker Series with a talk at 7:30 p.m. today.

Her appearance, in Katharine Cornell Theatre in the Ellicott Complex on UB's North Campus, will be free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other speakers in the series are:

Gregory Henderson, a performer and winner of New York's 1995 Back Stage "Bistro Award;" 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday in the Student Union Theatre on the North Campus.

Former Black Panther leader Bobby Seale; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Mainstage Theater, Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Chinese dissident Chai Ling, a leader of the 1989 democracy protests in China; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, screening room, Center for the Arts.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Edward James Olmos, a leading spokesman for the Hispanic community; 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Mainstage Theater, Center for the Arts.

All but the Olmos appearance will be free to the public. For more information, contact Fernando Maisonett, Student Association president, at the university.

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