Leadership Lecture Series with Vivian Howard

Wednesday, October 30

Chef and author Vivian Howard and activist and actor Nyle DiMarco are the remaining speakers for the 2019-20 Leadership Lecture Series at UNCW. The series, sponsored by Campus Life Arts & Programs, provides an exploration of leadership through stories and experiences shared by guest speakers.

Vivian Howard will speak on Oct. 30. Born in Deep Run, NC, Howard learned early on to appreciate the ebb and flow of eating with the seasons. In 2005, she and her husband, Ben Knight, decided to open a farm-to-fork restaurant in Kinston, NC. Over the past eight years, Howard has developed strong relationships with local farmers, making it possible to source more than 70% of the restaurant’s food from within 60 miles. The award-winning chef is a four-time semifinalist for James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast and winner of the James Beard Foundation Best Television Personality.

Nyle DiMarco will close the lecture series on Feb. 18, 2020. Born into a multigenerational deaf family, he is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world. With a passion for language, literacy and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond, DiMarco shares his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man who has risen above stereotypes. DiMarco was a winner of "Dancing with the Stars" and "America’s Next Top Model."
Lectures will be held in the Burney Center. Tickets are available in Sharky's Box Office and Game Room. Tickets are free for the DiMarco lecture. Tickets for Vivian Howard are $15 for the general public and free for faculty, staff and students.