BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Actor Hill Harper, known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS drama "CSI: New York," will lecture at Indiana University as part of the university's Black History Month Celebration.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the IU Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.
Hill's lecture is part of a larger observance of Black History Month at IU that also includes a film series, activities with area high school students, a music concert, the airing of an award-winning documentary produced by WTIU and a Black Knowledge Bowl.
This evening (Feb. 10) is a panel discussion, "The State of Black History Month," from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Khalil Muhammad, IU assistant professor of history, will moderate a panel composed of IU student leaders who will discuss the history of and the present-day relevance of Black History Month. Tonight's discussion is hosted by the IU Office of Diversity Education, Theta Nu Xi Sorority Inc. and the Black Student Union.
Harper's lecture is presented by Union Board and co-sponsored by the Residence Halls Association, the Gamma-Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., the Department of Equity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Diversity Education.
A film, television, and stage actor, Harper has starred in the CBS dramas "The Handler" and "City of Angles," with guest appearances on "The Sopranos," "ER," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Married . . . with Children" and "NYPD Blue." He has starred in a number theatrical productions, and his film credits include the Spike Lee film He Got Game, starring Denzel Washington. He is a member of the Black Folks' Theater Company of Boston, an African-American traveling theater group. In 2004, Harper was named one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive."
Harper is the author of the books Letters to a Young Brother and Letters to a Young Sister, which are intended to provide life lessons for youth. He also wrote How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships. Harper founded the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a non-profit youth organization that strives to empower underprivileged youth to succeed. The organization provides young men and women with support systems and resources, through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs.
"I believe that Hill Harper is an excellent person to bring to campus to speak on the topic of diversity," said George Thomas, Union Board lectures director. "His success is honorable, and he is a role model for all students."
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