31st annual UB Distinguished Speakers Series announced

UB Announces Distinguished Speaker Lineup

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and a "Grey's Anatomy" actor are among the lineup for the University at Buffalo's 31st annual Distinguished Speakers series.

 UB announced the speakers Tuesday, and said the series will kick off on Tuesday, September 19.

All of the programs are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Arena on UB's North Campus.

 Malala Yousafzai will kick off the series Sept. 19, as the UB Graduate Student Choice Speaker . She has been a champion since the age of 10 for the fight for girls to receive an education.  When she was 15, Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban while traveling home from school on a bus with friends in Pakistan. She became the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize at age 17, and her book "I am Malala" was an international bestseller. 

On Oct. 18, Theresa Payton, one of the country's leading cybersecruity and IT strategy specialists, will speak. She is the CEO of Fortalice Solutions, which is an industry-leading security consulting company.  

Jesse Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on the hit TV show "Grey's Anatomy," will speak on Nov. 18 as the Undergraduate Student Choice Speaker. Williams is also a former high school teacher and co-owner of Scholly, a mobile app that helps connect students to scholarships. 

On Feb. 28, Ambassador Susan E. Rice will present UB's 42nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration keynote address. Rice served as National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama from July 2013 to Jan. 2017. The UB Minority Faculty and Staff Association is sponsoring her lecture. 

On April 12, Climate Change expert and environmentalist James Balog will speak. Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), which is a groundbreaking photographic study of glaciers. Balog was featured in the Emmy award winning documentary "Chasing Ice," which was also short-listed for an Oscar. 

The series will close with Alan Alda on May 2. Alda is a winner of seven Emmys, six Golden Globes and three DGA awards for directing. He is also listed as one of TV Guide's 50 Greatest Television Stars of All Time, best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on the show "M*A*S*H."  From 1993 to 2005, Alda hosted "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS. His new company, Alda Communication Training (ACT) teaches face-to-face and written communication methods.

 Subscriptions to the series go on sale Aug 1 and tickets for individual lectures go on sale Aug. 8. 

For more information, visit: buffalo.edu/ub-speakers.

 

 

 

 

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