Rita Moreno

Rita MorenoOctober 23, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her countless credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13.  Moreno has starred on Broadway; London’s West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows; has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Rep. She recently completed a 30+ city concert and lecture tour around the country.

Rita stars in the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on Netflix and also lends her voice to the character “Abuelita” on NBC-TV’s Sprout Network hit animated series, Nina’s World. Moreno has received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture and was honored as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2015, she served as the Grand Marshall of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. That same year she released her ‘first ever’ all Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, produced by good friend, Emilio Estefan. She also added New York Times Bestselling Author to her list of accomplishments with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir published by Celebra Books.

Rita was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

Lou Holtz

Lou HoltzMarch 7, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Legendary Football Coach and Analyst, ESPN (2004-2015)

Lou Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. He is the only coach in the history of college football to: 1) Take 6 different teams to a bowl game. 2) Win 5 bowl games with different teams. 3) To have 4 different college teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll. When Holtz took over as Notre Dame’s 25th head football coach back in November of 1985, he brought with him a well-proven reputation as a fixer of football programs following a series of spectacular repair jobs at William & Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas and Minnesota.

Until 2014, Holtz was a college football studio analyst on ESPN. He appeared on ESPNews, ESPN College GameDay programs, SportsCenter, and served as an on-site analyst for college football games. Coach Holtz is currently in his second year with SiriusXM Radio as a Co-Host for two sports programs; a golf show broadcast throughout the year entitled, “Holtz In One,” and two weekly college football shows during season.

Holtz has authored three New York Times best-selling books and  produced four highly acclaimed motivational videos: Do RightDo Right IIIf Enough People Care, and Do Right 20 Years Later.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.September 25, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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An Evening with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

and Tania León: Turning History into Art 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, and cultural critic and has authored seventeen books and created fourteen documentary films. Host of the popular show Finding Your Roots, Professor Gates is one of the United States’ most influential cultural critics and is both an eloquent commentator and formidable intellectual force on multicultural and African American issues.

The lecture will include a moderated discussion conducted by UCA journalist Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens, a preview performance of one of the arias of the Little Rock Nine opera (Tania León, composer) and audience Q&A.

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Jenna Bush Hager

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February 27, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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Jenna Hager is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is also the author of The New York Times best seller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Ana’s Story is based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother with HIV, who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect. Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world.

Hager holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also co-author of the children’s book Read All About It! Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2008, she married Henry
Hager. Jenna and Henry are the proud parents of their daughters, Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager.

George Takei

George TakeiOctober 27, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality—George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

In 2012, Mashable.com named Takei the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, currently with more than 8 million likes and more than 1.46 million followers on Twitter.

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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

February 13, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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Hip Hop Generation Intellectual

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and a political contributor to Fox News Channel. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hill is a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University.

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

In 2011, Ebony Magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is the author of three books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of IdentityThe Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; and The Barbershop Notebooks: Reflections on Culture, Politics and Education. He is currently completing two manuscripts: 10 Right Wing Myths About Education; andWritten By Himself: Race, Masculinity, and the Politics of Literacy.

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Bill Nye

Bill NyeOctober 6, 2015
7:30 p.m.

In the UCA Farris Center.

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Bill Nye – scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.

Nye has always been fascinated with how things work and this led him to Cornell University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he moved to Seattle and worked as an engineer at Boeing. He then combined his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won a Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and stand-up comic by night.

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Jessica Fellowes – A Distinguished Lecture

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7:30 p.m.

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Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker and is best known for her work as author of the #1 best-selling The World of Downton Abbey and its follow up The Chronicles of Downton Abbey. Both hit the The Sunday Times, New York Times and The Globe & Mail (Canada) bestseller lists.  She is the niece of Lord Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey creator and scriptwriter.  Fellowes will take the audience first hand through the story, history and behind the scenes drama of one of the world’s most popular and beloved shows.  Jessica started as a journalist at the Mail on Sunday, going on to be the Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine, before deciding to focus on books. Jessica was brought up in London, with long summer holidays in the wilds of Kerry, Ireland. She now lives in Oxfordshire and Notting Hill, with her family.

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Common – A Distinguished Lecture

CommonFebruary 10, 2015
7:30 p.m.

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Common is a musician, actor and author but is best known as the “King of Conscious Hip Hop”.   He is one of music’s most poetic and respected lyricists with over nine albums. His introspective rhymes have pushed boundaries with their incisive social commentary. Common has also branched out into acting, portraying freed slave Elam Ferguson in AMC’s historical drama series Hell on Wheels. He also appears in several movies, including Smokin’ Aces, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, and Just Wright. Common isn’t just a musician and actor: he is a role model. In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, an organization dedicated to the empowerment and development of America’s urban youth. Offering the younger generations a better understanding of self-respect and love, he has combined hip hop with literature and released three children’s books.  His first book for adults is the provocative and touching memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense.  Whether inspiring audiences through his music, his books, or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip hop’s most innovative, positive voices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv77Lk_UXYw

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