ULS Spotlight Series Presents Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, a MLK Keynote Lecture
Lecture: "Toward the Beloved Community"
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 31st
Location: McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center
About: As an advocate for the intrinsic value of education for all, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. has dedicated more than 25 years to the advancement of socially conscious and purposeful education; student success; and the good that comes from a college education. As a scholar, an educator, a consultant, a strategist and a fundraiser, he has moved universities and organizations forward with his efforts and vision. In January 2013, Dr. Wilson took office as the 11th president of Morehouse College, the nations’ only private, liberal arts institution dedicated to the education of African American males.
Prior to that position, Dr. Wilson was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a position he held since 2009.
ULS Contemporary Speaker Forum Presents Flava Flav
Lecture: "My Path to Truth"
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2017
Location: Rangos 1 and 2, Cohon University Center
About: Flava Flav is an American musician and television personality who rose to prominence as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. He demonstrated his talent at an early age but he was also a troubled child. He met Chuck D and the two quickly bonded over music and with two others formed the group - Public Enemy. Public Enemy ruled the hip-hop world with albums like Yo! Bum Rush the Show and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. He played an important role in the group's success complementing Chuck's forceful personality with his playfulness. He wore a giant clock around his neck, and excited the audience by spouting phrases like "Yeah, boyee!" into his microphone. But his talent was undermined by his addictions to Crack and cocaine and alcohol which affected his personal life as well. For much of the 1990s, he was away from music, either dealing with legal issues or trying to get over his addiction problems. He reappeared as the star of several VH1 reality series, including The Surreal Life, Strange Love, and Flavor of Love. He released his first solo album, Flavor Flav, also known as Hollywood to a tepid response from fans and critics.