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Leslie Odom, Jr.

April 3, 2018
USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom

University Lecture Series is thrilled to welcome Tony Award-Winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. as our 2018 USF Week featured speaker!

Odom, Jr., a multifaceted performer, has most recently been seen in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of 'Aaron Burr." He was also a 2015 Grammy Award winner as principal soloist on Hamilton's Original Broadway Cast Recording. Raised in Philadelphia and currently residing in New York City, Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent, before heading to Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. Odom, Jr. has also appeared on the small screen in popular television series, such as Law & Order: SVU, Grey's Anatomy, and CSI: Miami. He was recently featured at the 2018 Super Bowl singing "America the Beautiful" prior to kick-off. As a recording artist, Odom, Jr.'s self-titled debut album released in 2014 and his holiday album, Simply Christmas, in late 2016.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Check in for the lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the lecture. USF Tampa students will be able to reserve their seats via usf.edu/ulsreg starting on Tuesday, March 27. All other non-USF Tampa students are welcome to attend via a first-come, first-served line, starting at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the lecture until capacity is reached. Seating is limited.

 

 

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Cat Cora

March 20, 2018
USF Marshall Student Center Oval Theater

University Lecture Series and USF Dining Services are excited to welcome restaurateur, author, and the world's first female to be named Iron Chef, Cat Cora, to the University of South Florida on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Cat Cora is a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, T.V. personality, health and fitness expert, and proud mother of six. Cat made television history in 2005 when she became the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network's hit show: Iron Chef America. Since then, she's shattered the glass ceiling as one of the first females to dominate the historically male culinary industry. After Cat's Iron Chef debut, she was featured extensively on a number of television shows, most recently as co-host on BRAVO's "Around the World in 80 Plates." Cat has opened more than 18 restaurants across the U.S. and globally. Cat continues to be a leader in her industry as she masterfully synchronizes her award-winning talents with mainstream accessibility, all while she evolves into a space beyond the culinary world.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theatre. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public with priority seating given to current USF Tampa Students – no pre-registration is required.

 

 

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KEN NWADIKE JR.

FEBRUARY 28, 2018
USF MARSHALL STUDENT CENTER OVAL THEATER


The University Lecture Series is proud to host peace activist, video journalist and YouTube personality best known as the Free Hugs Guy online, Ken E. Nwadike Jr. Nwadike Jr was selected after student leaders of University Lecture Series surveyed students at USF about their interest in potential speakers. Nwadike Jr is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues. His 'Free Hugs' videos have reached hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. As a former homeless student-athlete, Nwadike overcame many challenges to now own Superhero Events – an event production company that raises funds and awareness for homeless teens. In this fun, creative and interactive program Ken brings his "Free Hugs Project" to engage participants in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism. The event concludes with a keynote address that will explore how to overcome the differences that divide us. The goal of this program is to create unity and build community and remind participants that we are all humans in need of love.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Check in for the lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. 

 

 

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Harry Belafonte

January 16, 2018
USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom


The University Lecture Series is proud to host legendary, multitalented artist and activist, Harry Belafonte, as the University of South Florida's 2018 MLK Commemorative Week Convocation Speaker, coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). The University Lecture Series and the Office of Multicultural Affairs have been given a unique opportunity to bring a speaker to our campus that bridges the past to the present with Belafonte's testimony of his time as an advisor and friend to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Harry Belafonte was the first black performer to win an Emmy Award, and the first recording artist to sell over a million copies of a single album with Calypso (1956) featuring his hit "Day-O." Belafonte met a young Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on King's historic visit to New York in the early 1950s. Belafonte and King developed a deep and abiding friendship, and Belafonte played a key role in the civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington. Having spent decades on the frontlines of social justice struggle all over the world, from the Civil Rights Movement in the United States to anti-apartheid efforts in Africa, Harry Belafonte possesses unparalleled experience in this arena. Whether drawing on his friendship with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, or his role as celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues with the American Civil Liberties Union, Belafonte provides audiences a vital perspective on some of the most pressing issues of our time – from the Black Lives Matter movement and equal rights struggles to U. S. foreign policy and humanitarianism in Africa.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Check in for the lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the lecture. USF Tamps 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.

 

 

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