The University Forum Committee (UFC) is responsible for bringing external speakers to the campus of Appalachian State University, as well as administering the External Scholars Grant Program. The External Scholars Grant Program provides funding to assist faculty with bringing in scholars who otherwise could not be supported by departments or other units in their regular seminar series or during workshops or conferences. 

The University Forum Lecture series is one of the longest running such series at Appalachian State University and it provides opportunities for the students, faculty and staff at the university and for people in the surrounding region to hear some of the most stimulating speakers in the country. 

This year, the UFC will be presenting two lectures: Andrew Solomon will be speaking Thursday, October 10th at 7 pm in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The title of his talk is Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & and the Search for Identity.

The second talk is being co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and will bring in Soledad O’Brien, from Al Jazeera News, as part of the university’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Her talk is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st, 2014, in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and is titled: An Evening with Soledad O’Brien.

All UFC events are free and open to the public.

Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O'Brien is a CNN special correspondent who recently entered into a unique production and distribution agreement with the network to produce long-form programming specials through her company, Starfish Media Group.

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Andrew Solomon

Award-winning author Andrew Solomon opens the University Forum Series Oct. 10 at Appalachian State University. His 7 p.m. talk in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is free and open to the public. The Schaefer Center, formerly Farthing Auditorium, is located on Rivers Street.

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