About the Distinguished Speakers Series

What do John Oliver, the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, John Stewart, Steve Wozniak, Bill Nye, Toni Morrison and Malala Yousafzai all have in common? Each one of these speakers has enlightened, entertained and inspired audiences as part of UB’s Distinguished Speakers Series. 

Celebrating Over 30 Years

In 1987, we started the Distinguished Speakers Series as a way to attract alumni, friends and community neighbors to UB’s relatively new North Campus. Today, the Distinguished Speakers Series is a well-established, highly anticipated program both within the university and throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.

An Annual Highlight—with a Purpose

By offering unique opportunities to see world-class speakers, the Distinguished Speakers Series helps provoke thought and stimulate conversation around some of the most compelling issues, stories and events of our time. The series also helps address an important role of UB’s mission—public service in the community—by dedicating at least one speaker per year to address societal issues and concerns.

About Us

The Distinguished Speakers Series is managed by UB's University Events office.