Tickets

Ready to see some of the world’s most fascinating people in person? You can buy tickets to individual events—or get a subscription and guarantee you won’t miss any of this season’s most memorable moments.

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Subscription Benefits

Benefit Full Series Tiers 1 & 2 Full Series Tiers 3 & 4

Arena Pack

All Attendees
Reserved Parking Pass for preferred parking (1 per every 1-3 subscriptions) X N/A N/A N/A
Retain Last Year's Seats X X N/A N/A
Advance purchase opportunity for individual lecture tickets before they are available for purchase by non-series subscribers X X N/A N/A
DSS Patron Card from the University Bookstore (provides a 15% discount on most purchases made at the North Campus store) X X X N/A
Discount purchase of Books and DVD's authored by our speakers along with access to Book Signing Priority Passes when speakers stay to autograph books X X X N/A

Pre-Event Mini Programs (approx. 7:00-7:30 p.m.) featuring entertainment or activities for speaker series guest who arrive early

X X X X

Full Series Subscription - Seating & Prices

Full Series Subscriptions SOLD OUT

Series Subscriptions are sold out. Individual lecture tickets can still be purchased for most remaining events.

When you buy a subscription you’re guaranteed tickets to see every speaker. A subscription is often more affordable than you think, especially if you’re already attending a few events throughout the year.  Series subscribers typically save 10% or more.

Series Subscription Pricing
  Tier 1 Tier 2

Tier 3

General Admission
Full Series $330 $276 $216 $122 

Seating Options:  All events start at 7:30 p.m.

Tier 1:  Alumni Arena - Center Floor (sections 2, 3 & 4); Center for the Arts -  Front Orchestra
Tier 2: Alumni Arena - 100-level; Center for the Arts - Rear Orchestra & Loge
Tier 3:  Alumni Arena - 200-level; Center for the Arts - Balcony
General Admission:  Alumni Arena - 300-level/possibly Bleachers; Center for the Arts - Rear Balcony

Individual Events - Seating & Prices

Individual lecture tickets can be purchased in person or online through the links below.

Tickets for Biden, Davis and Rice are available at the Alumni Arena Box Office (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or Ticketmaster.

Tickets for Diamandis, Genova and Farrow are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (T-F, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) or Ticketfly.

Speaker Tier 1 Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

General Admission

Purchase Tickets
Joe Biden, 10/25 $68 $62 $52 $32 Ticketmaster
Peter Diamandis, 11/14* $62 $50 $38 $22 Ticketfly
Lisa Genova, 12/6* $62 $50 $38 $22 Ticketfly
Angela Davis, 2/27 $58 $46 $34 $18 Ticketmaster
Ronan Farrow, 3/28* $62 $50 $38 $22 Ticketfly
Condoleezza Rice, 4/17 $68 $62 $52 $32 Ticketmaster

* Includes the Center for the Arts Box Office Fees

Seating Options:  All events start at 7:30 p.m.

Tier 1: Alumni Arena - Center Floor (sections 2, 3 & 4); Center for the Arts -  Front Orchestra
Tier 2: Alumni Arena - 100-level; Center for the Arts - Rear Orchestra & Loge
Tier 3: Alumni Arena - 200-level and Outer Floor (sections 1 & 5); Center for the Arts - Balcony
General Admission: Alumni Arena - 300-level/possibly Bleachers; Center for the Arts - Rear Balcony

Free Tickets for UB Students

UB undergrads and GSA-represented graduate students are eligible for free tickets to all speaker events, while supplies last, as a benefit of SA and GSA sponsorships of the Speakers Series. Graduate students in the following schools/programs are not represented by the Graduate Student Association (GSA): Law, Dental, Medical, MBA and Pharmacy P1-4. Students in the following programs are also not represented by SA/GSA: Intensive English Program and the Gifted Math Program.

How to Get Free Student Tickets

Condoleezza Rice

UB Undergraduate Students

Starting at 10 a.m. on Mon., Apr. 1st, UB SA-represented students can reserve up to two ticket per person while supplies last by visiting tickets.sa.buffalo.edu. If you have additional questions regarding the ticketing process please contact the SA Office at saevents@buffalo.edu or at 350 Student Union, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. -  5 p.m.

UB Graduate Students

Starting on Wed., Apr. 3rd, UB GSA-represented students can pick up tickets, one per UB ID, while supplies last by visiting one of the SBI Ticket Offices - 221 Student Union, North Campus (M-F, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or 135 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus (M-F, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Upcoming Speakers

Tickets for eligible students will be provided lecture-to-lecture.  Information on how, when and where eligible UB students may access free tickets will be posted here prior to each upcoming lecture.

WNY Educational Outreach Program

Free Tickets for Local High Schools & Community Organizations

Every year, UB offers literally thousands of free Distinguished Speakers Series tickets to local high schools and non-profit community service organizations. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and are only available while supplies last.

Tickets are offered through the UB Educational Outreach Program, which is sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP, Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative and The Buffalo News. 

COMPLETED OFFERS:

All offers are completed at this time. Please check back next season for more opportunities.
  • Joe Biden – registration for this event ended on Sept. 13.
  • Angela Davis – registration for this event ended on Feb. 11.
  • Condoleezza Rice – registration for this event ended on Apr. 1.

Group Ticketing

Group Sales

If you are purchasing 10 or more tickets for a particular event, you are eligible for a group discount.

Group Ticket Pricing
Speaker Tier 1 Tier 2

Tier 3

General Admission
Joe Biden, 10/25 $61.00 $55.00 $46.00 $28.00
Peter Diamandis, 11/14 $52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00

Lisa Genova, 12/6

$52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00

Angela Davis, 2/27

$52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00
Ronan Farrow, 3/28 $52.00 $41.00 $30.00 $16.00
Condoleezza Rice, 4/17 $61.00 $55.00 $46.00 $28.00

Seating Options:  All events start at 7:30 p.m.

Tier 1: Alumni Arena - Center Floor (sections 2, 3 & 4); Center for the Arts -  Front Orchestra
Tier 2: Alumni Arena - 100-level; Center for the Arts - Rear Orchestra & Loge
Tier 3: Alumni Arena - 200-level and Outer Floor (sections 1 & 5); Center for the Arts - Balcony
General Admission: Alumni Arena - 300-level/possibly Bleachers; Center for the Arts - Rear Balcony

Group Orders for Alumni Arena Events

Group orders of 10 or more tickets for Alumni Arena events (Biden, Davis & Rice) can be placed in person at the Alumni Arena Box Office (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or through Ticketmaster.

Group Orders for Center for the Arts Events

Group orders of 10 or more tickets for the Center for the Arts events (Diamandis, Genova & Farrow) can only be placed in person at the Center for the Arts Box Office (T-F, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.).

Discounts

UB Affiliates

Contributing Series Sponsors, United University Professions (UUP), TIAA, the UB Alumni Association and the UB Office of Donor Relations are offering discount vouchers that provide significant cost savings on lecture ticket purchases.  Discount vouchers are recognized only at the box offices (not applicable to purchases made through Ticketmaster or Ticketfly):

Refunds and Exchanges

The University Events office has a no-refund-or-exchange policy for tickets purchased for any Distinguished Speakers lecture. However, refunds or exchanges will be honored in the event of a lecture cancellation.

Support and Funding

All speaker honoraria and production expenses for the Distinguished Speakers Series are covered by the following:

  • Ticket sales
  • Support provided voluntarily by student governments using their student activity fees to purchase large blocks of tickets for each of the lectures for free distribution to students
  • Sponsorships directed to the series by our university and community partners
  • The Donald L. Davis Lectureship Fund, an endowment created exclusively to support the series

No state funds, Research Foundation funds, tuition dollars, or general gifts to the university or UB Foundation are used to support the program.

Sponsors are listed throughout this website, where appropriate.