Author of “The Butler,” Wil Haygood, to Speak at Valencia

In our efforts to bring diverse learning opportunities to students outside the classroom, the Humanities Speaker Series, along with the Valencia Foundation, Student Development, East Campus Social Sciences Department, the West Campus Arts and Humanities Department, the West Campus president’s office and the students of the African-American Cultural Society and Phi Theta Kappa, will present Wil Haygood, historian and author of the book “The Butler” on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the East Campus Performing Arts Center and on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 1 p.m. in the West Campus Special Events Center (part of the West Campus Convocation).

Haygood is a trusted voice and is known for his fascinating insights on cultural changes in American history. He has been recognized for bringing attention to those who have made great contributions to society, yet often go unnoticed. His voice presents a unique, informed perspective on issues spanning race, law and education. He is currently the Karl and Helen Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor at his alma mater, Miami University.

He is author of the bestselling book, “The Butler,” and he also helped produce the award-winning film, Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” which starred Oprah Winfrey. He is capturing the nation’s attention once again, as he prepares to release his new title, “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America.” In it, he presents a compelling examination of the first African American Supreme Court justice and how he helped shape the 20th century.

The following events are taking place:

Screening of Thurgood, Starring Lawrence Fishburne
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 8, Room 101

Cinema Nights Screening of “The Butler” followed by a discussion with Professor of Humanities Jed Broitman
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Building 5, Room 111

Screening of “The Butler” followed by discussion with Wil Haygood
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 8, Room 101

Meet Wil Haygood
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 8, Room 101

Wil Haygood Keynote Presentation, “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America,” followed by a book signing
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: East Campus, Performing Arts Center
Tickets for this event are free but required. Click here to register.

West Campus Convocation – Wil Haygood Keynote Presentation, “The Butler”
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Special Events Center

West Campus Convocation – Panel Discussion on History, Race and Culture of the U.S. with Wil Haygood
(The panel will also include: Desmond Duncan, professor, political science; Doreen Watson, professor, sociology; Melonie Sexton, professor, psychology; Carmen Laguer Diaz, adjunct professor, anthropology; and University of Central Florida’s Jonathan Knuckey, associate professor, political science.)
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Special Events Center

Wil Haygood’s visit to Valencia is a unique opportunity for all students to experience. Please encourage them to attend. Faculty and staff are also welcomed.

For questions, contact Areeje Zufari, professor, humanties, at azufari1@valenciacollege.edu or extension 2349.

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