2018-19 Leadership Lecture Series

Wednesday, September 26

UNCW will welcome social activist and #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke to kick off the 2018-19 Leadership Lecture Series.

Burke, along with other prominent female activists dubbed "the silence breakers," were collectively named Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year. She will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the Burney Center.

The series continues with presentations by:

Nov. 13: Greg Lukianoff, an attorney and president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post and frequent guest on the “CBS Evening News,” “Fox & Friends,” and “Stossel.”

Jan. 23: Gabby Rivera, a Latina writer, speaker and storyteller. She is best known for the young adult novel Juliet Takes a Breath and Marvel Comics’ “America.”

March 27: Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In 2011, he was honored as a CNN Hero of the Year.

Tickets for the lectures will be available through Sharky's Box Office beginning on Aug. 22. They may also be purchased in the lobby of the Burney Center the evening of the event.

The Leadership Lecture Series invites participants to engage in diverse political, cultural and economic discourse and stay informed about topics that affect the world around them. In addition to the lectures, class visits and other events are planned. Past speakers include Jerry Greenfield, half of the famous duo that created Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and Piper Kerman, critically acclaimed author of memoir-turned-Netflix-series Orange is the New Black.