Throughout the season, we have many contests that you can enter! Check out the current contest opportunities below to learn more.

Have a Question for a Speaker?

Enter to win front row tickets to one of our programs, the chance to ask your question live and other prizes! Click the offers below to submit your question.

Up to five winner will be selected for each speaker based on question uniqueness, thoughtfulness and relevance determined by the UB Distinguished Speakers Series staff. Winners will be notified by email.


Enter the contests via links below for:
  • Susan Rice – questions can be submitted through 2/21/18
  • James Balog – questions can be submitted through 4/5/18
  • Alan Alda – questions can be submitted through 4/25/18


  • Malala Yousafzai – the contest ended on Sep. 17
  • Theresa Payton – the contest ended on Oct. 10
  • Jesse Williams – the contest ended on Nov. 16

Win a Niagara Falls Overnight Experience

Enter to win an overnight experience at the Giacomo, Niagara Falls’ premier luxury boutique hotel! With so much to offer, the Giacomo is the perfect place to spend an overnight getaway. Enjoy your elegant overnight suite, our exemplary service, and complete access to hotel amenities available to help make your stay outstanding. The Giacomo is just steps away from Niagara Falls and the Seneca Niagara Casino, and features an in-house bar, the Giacomo Lounge.

The winner will be selected on May 6, following the conclusion of the 2017-2018 Distinguished Speakers Series season.

This contest is sponsored by Ellicott Hotels, a UB Distinguished Speakers Series Sponsor.