Sept. 27 event is free and open to the public
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2016) – Nyle DiMarco, recent winner of Dancing With the Stars and winner of last year’s “America’s Next Top Model,” will share his inspirational story as a model, actor and activist at the first student-run University Lecture Series of the 2016-17 academic year. DiMarco will appear at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) in the Marshall Student Center’s Oval Theater. A meet and greet will be held following the lecture.
Born into a multigenerational deaf family, DiMarco graduated with a degree in mathematics from Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for the deaf, before being discovered on social media. Motivated by the potential platform to raise awareness for the deaf community, DiMarco pursued a career as an actor and model. Making his film debut in 2013, he has since appeared on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” and will guest star in Hulu’s “Difficult People” this season. In 2015, he became the first deaf contestant and second male winner in the history of “America’s Next Top Model.”
As an ambassador for the deaf community, he launched the Nyle DiMarco Foundation in 2015 with the mission of empowering and improving the lives of deaf children globally. He also serves as an honorary spokesman for the Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids organization.
The lecture is free and open to the public on a limited first-come, first-served basis following priority seating for USF students. For more information about the lecture series, including the audience policy, visit www.uls.usf.edu.
Additional ULS speakers for the fall and spring semesters will be announced at a later date.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 25 research university among public institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.