Nationally acclaimed producers, comedians present public performances during Multicultural Education Week celebration

Emmy Award-winning producer and multiracial comedian Teja Arboleda will team up with performers of varying ethnicities to present “You’ve Crossed the Line,” a competition show blending laughs and education that is being performed as part of Salve Regina’s celebration of Multicultural Education Week on Feb. 23-27.

Free and open to the public, Arboleda’s performance will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in the O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. Audience members will be encouraged to laugh first and ask questions later as comedians broach such topics as race, culture, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual preference and religion.

Can a white comedian make jokes about black people? Can an Asian comedian make jokes about Hispanic people? The Emmy Award-winning Arboleda is an acclaimed professor of culture and diversity who produced the Telly Award-winning PBS documentary film, “Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians.” During Wednesday’s performance at Salve Regina, comedians will lead the audience to the forefront of civil rights and human rights efforts to address freedom of speech, equality and diversity.

Arboleda will challenge the audience to consider the consequences of institutionalized and cultural assumptions and stereotypes reinforced by the famous and powerful. In keeping with his other nationally acclaimed one-man shows, Arboleda offers fun and extremely engaging ways to learn and heal by using his signature fast-paced humor, statistics, facts, audience participation and multimedia examples.

The public is also welcome to attend a Multicultural Education Week lecture on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall by best-selling author, lecturer and sociologist Dr. Bertice Berry.

Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show The Bertice Berry Show, and hosted USA Live, a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network. She’s been featured on numerous other television programs, including appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC’s 20/20, and more recently on NPR’s “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin.

She is also the best-selling author of an inspirational memoir, “I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head,” and the hilarious bestsellers “Sckraight from the Ghetto, You Might Be Ghetto If,” and the sequel, “You STILL Ghetto.”

Her first work of fiction, “Redemption Song,” published by Double Day in 2000, is also a bestseller and has been praised by critics for its ability to entertain, inspire, and educate. Berry followed “Redemption Song” with another bestseller, “The Haunting of Hip Hop,” Her most passionate work, “Jim & Louella’s Homemade Heart-fix Remedy,” was published in 2002.

Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Berry was told by a high school teacher that she was "not college material." Fortunately, there was another teacher who believed that she was destined for more. She went on to achieve her Ph.D. in sociology by age 26.