Lecture Series

The UAB Lecture Series Committee is composed of students and faculty members that come together and invites producers, authors, community activists and other notable figures to discuss topics centered around current events, leadership, social responsibility and history. Chaz Bono, Soledad O’Brien, Dan Savage, Hill Harper and John Quiñones are some examples of people who have stepped on to UAB’s campus through an invitation by the Lecture Series.

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month Lecture
Volker Hall, 101A
April 1, 2015 | 5 p.m.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her now-famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of her metamorphosis from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse in New York's iconic Bowery Poetry Club, to becoming a teacher who today connects youth with the power of self-expression through her own non-profit educational organization. A gifted artist and breathtaking performer, Sarah empowers audiences of any age and background to embrace words to find their voice.

Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., an education organization that celebrates and inspires self-expression in youth through spoken-word poetry. Through her involvement with the organization, Sarah has taught spoken-word poetry to students of all ages, in classrooms and workshops all over the world. She is also a documentary filmmaker, playwright, singer, songwriter, photographer, and editor for Write Bloody Publishing, and holds a Masters Degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College.

Sarah has performed her poetry in venues across the United States, including the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the United Nations, where she was a featured performer for the launch of the 2004 World Youth Report. Her international credits include the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Singapore.

She is the author of the book B, which was ranked the number one poetry title on Amazon.com, and her newest work, No Matter The Wreckage, an American poetry bestseller. Her work can also be found in literary journals, such as Foundling Review, Damselfly Press, decomP, the Literary Bohemian, and Pear Noir!



For more information, email diversity@uab.edu.

For disability accommodations, please alert us with at three days notice before the event.


Lecture presented by the Lecture Series Committee and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success.



Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Ain't I a Woman?: My Journey to Womanhood


Women's History Month Lecture
Jemison Hall, Alys Stephens Center
March 2, 2015 | 7 p.m.
POSTPONED: New fall date TBA

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Laverne Cox has been cast in the new CBS legal drama “Doubt,” and her filming schedule has made necessary the postponing of her visit to UAB until the fall. Further details will be announced when they are confirmed.

An outspoken transgender advocate, Cox is the first trans-woman to produce and star in her own television show, TRANSForm Me, appear on the cover of TIME magazine (June 9, 2014) and be nominated for an Emmy. She is also the first trans-woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, Orange is the New Black. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the role of "Sophia Burset." TIME magazine named "Sophia Burset" the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013. She is also a recipient of the Dorian Rising Star awarded for Orange is the New Black.

A reknowned, in-demand speaker, Cox has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Laverne was named one of Out Magazine's "Out 100," one of the country's top 50 trans icons by The Huffington Post, and one of Metro Source magazine's "55 People We Love."

For more information, email diversity@uab.edu.

For disability accommodations, please alert us with at three days notice before the event.


Lecture presented by the Lecture Series Committee and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success.

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