Current Lineup

April 4, 2017 - Doors open at 7pm; lecture starts at 8pm
USF Sun Dome

Viola Davis

The University Lecture Series is proud to welcome Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis for the USF Week featured lecture. Viola was selected after receiving the most votes in a survey of the University of South Florida community. She is an actor of wide versatility, performing on stage, television, and in film and now the only Black actor to have achieved what is known as the triple crown of the industry with an Emmy, Oscar, and a Tony for acting. Viola currently stars as 'Annalise Keating' on Shonda Rhimes' ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder. Her most recent film appearance was in Fences with Denzel Washington. As a lecturer, Viola touches on topics and issues related to both her personal identity and professional career. These include overcoming the adversity of poverty as a child, working through preconceived notions to become a stronger woman, and elevating the voices of other women of color through artistic platforms.

The free lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 4th, in the USF Sun Dome. Doors open at 7:00 pm; lecture begins at 8:00 pm. Seating is limited. USF Tampa student tickets are available at usf.edu/ulsreg while supplies last. Non-student attendees will be admitted first come, first served at the doors on the day of the event until capacity is reached.


March 1, 2017
USF Marshall Student Center Oval Theater

Dear World

The University Lecture Series will be bringing Dear World to USF on March 1st. Dear World is an interactive photo experience that will allow fellow students to be the speakers for the evening. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the open photoshoot from 9am-3pm in the MSC Atrium. This photoshoot will allow them to share a message about themselves or to someone they care about. Dear World photoshoots encourage participants to write a message on their bodies, whether it be their arms or face to help portray their story. A few students will be selected to present their stories and photographs at the lecture that evening. The lecture will begin at 7:00pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm.


January 17, 2017
USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom


Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, will speak at the University of South Florida as part of the student-run University Lecture Series at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The lecture is part of the university's MLK Commemorative Week, celebrating the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




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