SJU Diversity Lecture Series hosts Acclaimed Actor Hill Harper

Monday, February 18, 2013

by Amanda Sapio ‘13

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 18, 2013) – The Saint Joseph’s University Diversity Lecture Series will feature acclaimed actor and positive role model Hill Harper for a lecture and book signing on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center. Harper will discuss his four books: The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships; Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny; Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny and The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place.

Harper, who has been acting since the age of 7, is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY. This role lent him the title of Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for three consecutive years (2008–2010) by the NAACP Image Awards. His impressive credentials include a B.A. from Brown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. During his time at Harvard, he befriended President Barack Obama through playing basketball and is now a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee.

“My hope is that he will deliver a powerful and thought-provoking lecture that will spark great community conversation and challenge our young people to aspire to work hard to reach their dreams regardless of obstacles they may face,” says Dr. Shoshanna Edwards-Alexander, L.S.W., Director of Multicultural Life.

Harper’s book, The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships explores love and the current state of male-female relations. It offers solutions on how to improve communication across gender and age and offers advice to women on how to alleviate the stress that comes with dating. In his New York Times bestseller, Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny, Harper focuses on the tough issues that young people frequently experience. He offers an interesting compilation of letters designed to help the reader create goals that will lead to success. His subsequent companion book, which is also a New York Times bestseller, Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny, offers advice to young women who are struggling with insecurity, peer pressure, and overall stress. In The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place, Harper describes how to use wealth-building as a tool for joy and fulfillment.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2009 by Westfield State College and is an Alpha Phi Alpha brother. He also earned the Golden Satellite Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the CBS Series, The Handler, in 2004 and is a W.E.B. DuBois Scholar Award recipient. 

Media Contact

Harriet Goodheart, Assistant Vice President for University Communications, 610-660-1532, hgoodhea@sju.edu




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