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.

Melissa Harris Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

Crashing into Michael Brown: A Decade of Race, Rights and Justice


Black History Month Lecture
Jemison Hall, Alys Stephens Center
February 9, 2015 | 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m.
This lecture is free and open to the public.


Television host and political science professor Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is the host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" and the presidential chair professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University. She founded the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South and has authored two books: Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

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.

Doors open at 6 p.m.
This lecture is free and open to the public.


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.

Past Lectures