2009-10 Distinguished speaker series
The 2009-10 series is presented by the Office of Student Life to enhance the cultural and political make-up of the University and surrounding community. Tickets for all Speaker Series events are $10 for the general public, $5 for faculty and staff and FREE for UNCP students. Seating is general admission, but reservations are recommended.
All dates and artists subject to change due to availability.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Bill Nye - The Science Guy is a scientist, engineer, comedian, author, inventor, and a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.
While working on the Science Guy show, Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. With his weekly, half-hour television series, Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy, he's letting kids know that science is not only cool, it's powerful. After all, "Science rules!"
With all he’s accomplished, America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. The Science Guy still rides his bike to work and he’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements or his Map of Human Skin Tone from his wallet.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Chuck D is a musician, author, political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. As the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture delivering powerful articulations of the realities facing black people in the late twentieth century. With an unprecedented lyrical eloquence, Public Enemy continues to stress the importance of history and self-determination in the forward movement of all who have been oppressed, influencing hip hop communities, social justice struggles, and political activism throughout the world.Recognized as one of the ‘fifty most important performers in rock & roll history’ by Rolling Stone magazine and one of the ‘100 Most Influential Black Americans’ by Ebony magazine, Chuck D continues to make music and to write prolifically on technology, race, politics, rap and soul music, and race in the US. His sophisticated understanding of the music business,
entertainment industry, and racial politics in America makes for a powerful and enlightening presentation.
Valerie Plame Wilson
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Valerie Plame Wilson is the former CIA covert operations officer who found herself at the heart of a political firestorm when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her secret status to several national journalists – including a syndicated newspaper columnist who published her name.
Her book Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House is a New York Times best seller and has been greeted with both praise and controversy. Plame will share her thoughts on what she views as unprecedented abuse of public trust by the Bush administration in its efforts to silence a critic and subvert the rights of citizens to exercise free speech.
Sheryl Swoopes (Cancelled)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Since the birth of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Sheryl Swoopes has been widely known as one of the nation's most skilled and impressive professional athletes. Frequently referred to as "the female Michael Jordan," she is famous for both her offensive and defensive skills and has earned a reputation for being one of the most accomplished basketball players – male or female - in history. Her many honors and awards include being a three-time gold medal winning Olympian, a four-time WNBA all-star leading vote-getter, three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the 2002 WNBA MVP and the first female athlete to receive a shoe endorsement from Nike – the Air Swoopes.
Active off the court in a variety of charitable activities, she established her own charitable foundation, the Sheryl Swoopes Foundation for Youth, and inspires audiences around the country as a motivational speaker with eloquence and energy.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Jodie Sweetin is best known for her eight-year run as Stephanie, the precocious middle child, on the hit ABC television show Full House. Full House was a show that families loved to watch together and continues to be a favorite in syndication and on cable.
During her high school and college years Sweetin discovered alcohol and drugs, substances she now realizes that she cannot handle. For years she fought her addictions, causing serious destruction to her life. After losing her two-year marriage and experiencing tremendous personal loss, she entered drug and alcohol rehab in March of 2005. Since then, she has been working diligently to put her life back on track. In her presentation, A Young Star's Road to Recovery, Sweetin explains how rehabilitative therapy changed her life and inspires all listeners to combat challenges head-on.
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Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010
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