Spartan Speaker Series

Fall 2020 Speakers 

Leslie Odom Jr. Headshot

Leslie Odom Jr.

Wednesday, August 26 | 7 p.m. 

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An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr. 

Tony Award-Winning Actor & Musician and author of "Failing Up." 


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha headshot

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Wednesday, September 16 | 7 p.m.

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What the Eyes Don’t See: Stories from the Frontlines of the Flint Water Crisis

Physician, scientist, activist, and author of "What the Eyes Don’t See."


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Sally Kohn

Wednesday, September 30 | 7 p.m.

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Turning Adversaries Into Allies

 Activist, commentator, and author of "The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity"


Portrait of Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Wednesday, October 14 | 7 p.m.

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An Evening with Ibtihaj Muhammad

Activist, Athlete, 2016 Olympic Medalist & First Female Muslim-American Athlete to Medal at the Olympics 


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Antoni Porowski

Wednesday, October 21 | 7 p.m.

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An Evening with Antoni Porowski

Food & Wine Connoisseur, Netflix's "Queer Eye" & Bestselling Author


Past Spartan Speakers

Dwayne Betts headshot

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Wednesday, February 26 

Award-Winning Author, Poet, Lawyer & Outspoken Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform

Diane Guerrero headshot

Diane Guerrero

September 30, 2019

Actress, Orange is the New Black & Author "In the Country We Love: My Family Divided"

Nyle DiMarco Headshot

Nyle DiMarco

October 9, 2019

Deaf Activist | Winner of America's Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars

Amanda Nguyen headshot

Amanda Nguyen

October 23, 2019

CEO & Founder of Rise and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee



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Steven Paul Judd

November 9, 2019

Visual Artist and Filmmaker


Single by 30 and Yappie with WongFu Productions

WongFu Productions

April 10, 2019

"Single by 30" & Yappie with WongFu Productions


Portrait of Bryan Terrell Clark

Bryan Terrell Clark

February 20, 2019

Finding Your Purpose: From Baltimore to Broadway’s “Hamilton” with Bryan Terrell Clark

Portrait of Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke

February 4, 2019

An Evening with 2017 TIME Person Of The Year "me too." Movement Founder Tarana Burke

Portrait of Shaun King

Shaun King

October 24, 2018

Legacy Month Speaker Shaun King


Portrait of Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange

November 6, 2018

An Evening with Tommy Orange

Portrait of political comic Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu

September 12, 2018

Spartan Speaker Series Presents Hari Kondabolu


Portrait of Ana Navarro, Republican strategist and political commentator.

Ana Navarro

September 17, 2018

"Politics and the Hispanic Vote" with Ana Navarro

Portrait of Frank Warren

Frank Warren

April 23, 2018

“The Most Trusted Stranger In America: Frank Warren’s PostSecret” with Frank Warren

Portrait of Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke

March 19, 2018

“Creating a Multicultural Democracy - Religion, Culture, and Identity in America” with Winona LaDuke

Portrait of Kamau Bell


 Kamau Bell

Portrait of Franchesca Ramsey


Franchesca Ramsey

Legacy Month Keynote Speaker: A Conversation with Franchesca Ramsey


Portrait of Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black

An Evening with Academy Award Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black


Portrait of Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling

“Open Heart, Open Mind” with Lisa Ling


Portrait of Richard Cabral

Richard Cabral

An Evening with Richard Cabral: A Conversation and excerpts from his One Man Show


Portrait of Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell

"History Is A People's Memory: Celebrating the Past, Celebrating Us" with Kevin Powell


Portrait of Matika Wilbur

Matika Wilbur

"Changing the Way We See Native America" with Matika Wilbur


Portrait of Van Jones

Van Jones

"Election 2016 – Protest & Politics in the Age of Twitter” with Van Jones