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.
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.
March 5, 2018 and April 3, 2018 lectures To Be Announced.
Real-time captioning provided. For reasonable accommodations, please call 813-974-1001.