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LeVar Burton, award-winning actor, producer, writer and literary advocate, speaks about early childhood development and information on RRKidz and Reading Rainbow.
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LeVar Burton, award-winning actor, producer, writer and literary advocate, will be the next speaker in the Saint Vincent College New Horizons Speakers Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Tickets are available to the public for $10 and may be ordered online beginning Sept. 28.
Burton launched his acting career while still a student at the University of Southern California. Cast in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series Roots, at 19 he found himself on the cover of Time magazine. A seemingly impossible act to follow, Burton managed to do so in dramatic fashion, achieving further global acclaim as chief engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and feature films. But it has been his role as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow that he is most proud of. Airing from 1983 to 2009, it was not only one of the longest-running children’s television shows in history but also one of the most acclaimed, earning more than 200 awards including multiple Emmys and a Peabody.
Burton, a member of the board of advisors of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, was the keynote speaker at FredForward, a national conference of the center held at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, June 1-3.
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The New Horizons Speakers Series is made possible through the support of the Saint Vincent College Office of Student Affairs in cooperation with the Student Government Association and the first Year Seminar Program. The Series is designed to present nationally-recognized speakers who have distinguished themselves in a variety of fields. The mission of the Series is to encourage the development of a balanced approach to a liberal arts education that seamlessly combines academic and student life.