The lectures on Oct. 22 and Nov. 17 are free and open to the public
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Writer and performer Jessica Williams and executive producer Michael Uslan will lecture at the University of South Florida as the remaining speakers in the fall lineup of the student-run University Lecture Series. Earlier this week, actor RJ Mitte from “Breaking Bad” kicked off the series.
Williams, a writer and performer on “The Daily Show,” will deliver her lecture on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. Williams will be showing popular clips from “The Daily Show” and will give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the creation of her work, much of which takes a light-hearted approach to exploring serious issues. Through her skills as an entertainer, coupled with her wit and unique perspective, Williams will provide the audience with an opportunity to think about issues from a different perspective.
Uslan, the executive producer of the Batman film series, will lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Marshall Student Center Oval Theater. As the executive producer of the Batman film series, Uslan will share his perspective from behind the camera and the importance of following one’s passion to turn what they love into a career. In college, Uslan was involved in the creation and teaching of a course about comic books, which ultimately propelled him into the comic book world. He will speak to the audience about his journey, and the principles and values he believes allowed him to keep going despite rejection along the way.
Laverne Cox, recognized for her performance on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” will deliver a lecture on Monday, March 21, 2016, as part of the spring series. Other speakers will be announced at a future date.
University Lecture Series events are free and open to the public, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Non-USF students will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis after students are seated. Currently enrolled USF students, who wish to reserve a seat for a lecture, should visit www.usf.edu/ulsreg one week prior to the lecture, complete the reservation form and bring the printed confirmation to the lecture by 7:30 pm to secure their seat. For more information about the lecture series, including the audience policy, visit www.uls.usf.edu.
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 nearly 48,000 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.