One of the stars of Black Panther, Duke’s lecture is free and open to the public
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2019) – The University of South Florida will welcome actor Winston Duke to campus on Tuesday, Feb. 5 as part of the student-run University Lecture Series. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) in the Oval Theater at the Marshall Student Center. Duke was originally scheduled to be at USF in Oct. 2018, but his appearance was postponed due to his filming schedule.
Duke made his feature film debut in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, in which he played the fan-favorite character M’Baku, leader of the Jabari Tribe. Duke reprises the character in the currentAvengers: Infinity War. Born in Tobago, Duke emigrated to the U.S. at the age of nine. He got his start in theater with the Portland Stage Company before going on to the Yale Repertory Theatre and graduating from the Yale School of Drama. Prior to landing his Marvel comic character role, Duke appeared in recurring roles on television in “Person of Interest,” “Major Crimes” and “The Messengers.” He is expected to lecture about his life experiences and the influence of films like Black Panther on black culture.
Duke’s lecture is free and open to the public on a limited first-come, first-served basis following priority seating for USF Tampa students. For more information about the lecture series, including the audience policy, visit www.usf.edu/uls.
The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three separately accredited institutions: USF, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2018, the Florida Board of Governors designated USF as a Preeminent State Research University, placing USF in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.