John Lithgow scheduled to speak at the University of Akron

March 6, 2013 by  

Emmy and Tony winner John Lithgow will return to Akron, Ohio, where he spent his teenage years, to give a talk about storytelling.

It was confirmed last week that the acclaimed actor will appear this April at the E.J. Thomas Hall on the campus of the University of Akron.

Lithgow sees storytellers as the people who create the ties that bring all humanity together. His career, which spans stage, screen, and television, makes him uniquely qualified to talk about the power of the arts to touch human lives. He will also be working with students in the university’s theater program.

The actor’s lecture is part of the University of Akron’s Forum Series, which brings a wide variety of speakers to the campus. Speakers in 2012 included Jon Huntsman, ambassador to China 2009-2011 and Governor of Utah from 2005-2009. Other speakers last year were author Wes Moore and youth advocate and cardiologist Dr. Terry Gordon.

The 2013 season began with New York Times best-selling author Michelle Alexander’s talk entitled ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’. On March, 13, 2013, John Walsh from America’s Most Wanted will speak on ‘Living Life with a Mission’.

Mr. Lithgow’s talk will follow on April 18 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors, faculty, and staff, and $6 for students.

The university could work with brochure printers to explain the series in general and outline the speakers’ lives, careers, accomplishments, and the subjects of their talks.