AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The University at Buffalo announced its 2014-2015 lineup for its Distinguished Speaker series on Wednesday.
The first to visit UB will be Cheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times bestseller “Wild,” in September. She will be followed by Wes Moore in October, a youth advocate, Army combat veteran and bestselling author of “The Other Wes Moore.”
In November, comedian and political satirist John Oliver will come to the Amherst campus. The host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is the Undergraduate Student Speaker Choice.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a legendary basketball player who’s also an entrepreneur and philanthropist, will be at UB in February. He will be followed by Robert Ballard in April, an oceanographer who discovered the Titanic and National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence.
Finally, later that month, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc., will speak at UB. He was selected as the Graduate Speaker Choice.
Dennis Black, Vice President for University Life and Services, said in a statement, “For nearly 30 years, the Distinguished Speakers Series at UB has played a vital role in fostering dialogue and discovery by sharing a broad range of ideas and perspectives from some of the most compelling and influential voices of our time. By opening up a lively open discussion of important national and global issues, the Distinguished Speakers Series brings our campus and surrounding communities closer together, and inspires our students to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, and actively engaged citizens.”
“This year’s Distinguished Speaker Series promises to once again deliver on this great UB tradition. From leading voices in social commentary and politics to pioneers of exploration and innovation in technology, the prominent public intellectuals and thinkers who are part of the exciting DSS lineup this year are sure to spark intellectual curiosity, further dialogue, and inspire new lines of inquiry across our campus and throughout the community.”