The University Forum Committee (UFC) is responsible for bringing external speakers to the campus of Appalachian State University.   

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. 

Jesse Jackson2018 Upcoming Speaker - Thursday, October 18

Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor."

Reverend Jackson has been called the "Conscience of the Nation" and "the Great Unifier," challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.

Speaker's Topic: "With Justice for All: Human Rights and Civil Rights at Home and Abroad"

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 - 8:00pm - Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
8:00 - 8:30pm - Reception