TO DELIVER SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY’S 2017 FUSCO DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
New Haven, Conn. – On Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m., Southern Connecticut State University will host Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the speaker for the 19th Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecture. Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also a New York Times best-selling author, and a regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially and politically relevant topics in our nation. In 2008, he was diagnosed with early stage chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), making his struggle public and leading a high-profile awareness campaign.
His talk will weave together personal perspectives on his career, the challenges we all face in life, and the issues confronting America today, inspiring us with the healing power of the human spirit.
His new political book, Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, was released fall 2016 by Time Books and offers his personal perspectives on political issues facing America today. Late last year, his HBO Sports documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, debuted as HBO’s most watched and most highly rated sports documentary of all time.
Abdul-Jabbar serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation, whose mission is to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked” by bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. In 2012, Kareem was appointed to be the only U.S. Cultural Ambassador by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 2016, President Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar with the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
A portion of the proceeds from the Distinguished Lecture Series supports SCSU’s Endowed Awards of Excellence, a merit-based scholarship program.
Abdul-Jabbar’s lecture will take place at SCSU’s John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25-30, and a $125 VIP Reception Package is also available (limited availability, includes premium seating, post-lecture reception with photo opportunity and autographed book). For tickets, call (203) 392-6154 or visit go.southernct.edu/dls/.