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, one in fall and one in spring. The first lecture will be with award-winning science journalist, Carl Zimmer.  Our spring lecturer will be announced shortly.

Carl Zimmer will be speaking on September 16, 2015 at 7:00pm.   The title of his talk is A Journey to the Center of Your Brain.

All lectures held at 7:00 pm in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers Street, Boone.  All UFC events are free and open to the public.

Carl Zimmer


Zimmer is an expert on topics ranging from biology and evolution to parasites and viruses. In addition to writing the weekly Matter column in The New York Times, he writes for National Geographic and other publications.

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