Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be among the luminaries taking the stage as part of UB’s 23rd Annual Distinguished Speakers Series.
Also speaking will be best-selling author, television personality and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; political satirist Bill Maher; distinguished novelist and poet Margaret Atwood; Los Angeles Times columnist and author Steve Lopez; and Cornel West, provocative American intellectual, author and champion for racial justice.
“We’re delighted to share this exciting lineup of speakers for the 2009-10 Distinguished Speakers Series,” said President John B. Simpson. “From expanding the conversation about racial justice in the U.S., to advancing peaceful international relations, to unlocking the mysteries of the universe, the speakers who will be taking the stage this year represent some of the world’s most influential public intellectuals and artists.
“Fostering these kinds of timely, consequential conversations about the issues and ideas that shape our world is what public universities like UB do best,” Simpson said. “We look forward to a year full of dialogue, debate and lively discussion.”
Five of the seven lectures will be held in Alumni Arena, North Campus. Talks by West and Atwood will take place in the Center for the Arts, also on the North Campus.