“CSI: NY” and “Covert Affairs” Actor Lectures on Jan. 22
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2014) – Award-winning actor, author, and humanitarian Hill Harper is the featured speaker for the University of South Florida’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Week, Jan. 18-24, 2014.
Selected by the student-run University Lecture Series as an example of someone living the values advanced by King, Harper will share his experiences and message of the importance of education in achieving personal success. In August, Harper served as co-emcee of the “Let Freedom Ring” celebration in Washington, DC commemorating the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The convocation and book signing is scheduled for 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. The events are free and open to the public.
With a long list of television and film credits, Harper is most recognizable for his award-winning role in the hit television drama “CSI: NY,” where he played eccentric Dr. Sheldon Hawkes from 2004 until early 2013. He currently stars on USA Network’s “Covert Affairs” as CIA station chief Calder Michaels. In addition to his performing career, Harper has authored four New York Times bestsellers: “Letters to a Young Brother,” “Letters to a Young Sister,” “The Conversation,” and “The Wealth Cure.” Also, in an effort to stop the high school drop-out rate of underserved youth, Harper created the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring youth to succeed through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs.
Other events open to the public during USF’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Week include:
Stampede of Service, Saturday, Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m.
Thousands of USF students volunteer for a morning of service at dozens of sites across Hillsborough County.
Dedication Luncheon, Tuesday, Jan. 21, noon
Luncheon to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and USF MLK Scholarship recipients.
Candlelight Vigil, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9:06 p.m.
USF Alpha Phi Alpha chapter hosts this moving event that starts at the MLK Plaza Fountain.
For more information or to view the full schedule, which includes some Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival events, visit www.multicultural.usf.edu/MLK. For more information about the University Lecture Series seating and attendance policy, visit http://uls.usf.edu/policy.htm . For reasonable accommodations, please contact (813) 974-5111 (FL Relay 711).
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving more than 47,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.