Duke lecture rescheduled for Nov. 4

Published October 19, 2021

The Distinguished Speakers Series lecture with actor and UB alumnus Winston Duke has been rescheduled to Nov. 4.

The lecture, originally set for Oct. 13, was postponed due to an unforeseen change in Duke’s schedule unrelated to COVID-19.  

Tickets issued for the Oct. 13 date will be honored on Nov. 4; guests who have already received tickets do not need to obtain replacement tickets. Ticket refund information can be found on the Distinguished Speakers Series website; refund requests will be accepted thru Nov. 1.

Tickets may still be purchased for the lecture through Ticketmaster

Attendees will be required to wear a face mask and show proof that they are fully vaccinated. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well. Children under 12 who are not vaccinated may still be admitted with a ticket, but must be masked at all times.

Duke’s talk at 7 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts opens the 35th edition of the popular series that brings speakers to campus to share their diverse perspectives and experiences that promote thought-provoking conversations.

Duke, who received a BA in theatre from UB and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in such television shows and movies as “Us,” “Black Panther” and “Spenser Confidential.”

Outside of acting, he is an advocate for the HeForShe movement, and issued a global call to action for gender equality during the United Nations HeForShe Impact Summit in 2018.

Duke was recently named the first celebrity ambassador for Partners in Health, a nonprofit global health and social justice organization fighting injustice by bringing the benefits of modern medical science to impoverished communities around the world.