UF hosting talks by Danny Glover, Rudy Giuliani

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.

Two speakers from different ends of the political spectrum will be visiting the University of Florida this week.


UF speakers

* Actor and activist Danny Glover will participate in a moderated discussion starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket must be obtained. Tickets are available staring at noon at the Phillips Center box office.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is speaking Thursday starting at 8 p.m. at the Phillips Center. The event is also free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets can be obtained starting at that time at the Phillips Center.

Actor Danny Glover visits UF’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts tonight as part of the university’s activities this month honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Glover will speak in a moderated discussion about his acting career, his civil rights activism and King’s legacy, said Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, president of the Black Graduate Student Organization and the event moderator.

“He has an interesting perspective beyond his career,” Jenkins said.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is speaking Thursday, also at the Phillips Center, in an event sponsored by the ACCENT student-run speaker’s bureau.

He’ll talk about crisis management and the events following the 9/11 attacks, said Corey Portnoy, ACCENT chairman.

“He emerged as an American historical figure in a tragedy that everyone at the university went through and will remember for the rest of their lives,” Portnoy said.

Giuliani’s speech comes as Florida prepares to vote next week in the Republican presidential primary. Giuliani ran for president himself in 2008.

Portnoy said he expects Giuliani will address the election in his speech or the subsequent question-and-answer session.

ACCENT, funded by student fees, is paying $65,000 for Giuliani’s speech. Glover’s acting career has included the “Lethal Weapon” movies, “The Color Purple” and the 1994 version of “Angels in the Outfield.”

Jenkins noted that Glover’s history of activism started as a member of the Black Students Union while attending San Francisco State University. He has been active in humanitarian causes and was critical of the Iraq war.

Jenkins said UF’s activities honoring King typically have a $10,000 budget, but organizers raised $45,000 from private sponsors to pay for Glover’s speech and promotions of it.

Contact Nathan Crabbe at 338-3176 or nathan.crabbe@gvillesun.com. For more stories on the University of Florida, visit www.thecampussun.com.

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