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Best-Selling Author Roxane Gay to Speak at Straz Center as Part of Frontier Forum Lecture Series

The University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences and the Humanities Institute will welcome scholar and internationally renowned author Roxane Gay as a featured speaker in the Frontier Forum lecture series. Gay will speak in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Center on Thursday, September 27, 2018 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Gay is a best-selling author and cultural critic known for her reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism, exploring the intersection of cultural identifiers including gender, race, and sexuality. Her collection of essays, “Bad Feminist”, is a New York Times bestseller and is considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. Her newest book, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” explores the shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. Gay recently became the first black woman to write for Marvel, producing a comic series in the Black Panther universe titled “World of Wakanda”.

The Frontier Forum lecture series is sponsored by the USF Office of the Provost and the USF College of Arts and Sciences. Since 2010, the series has hosted several notable public intellectuals such as Jane Goodall, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeffrey Toobin and Martha Nussbaum. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Tampa Bay community have had the wonderful opportunity to learn from these accomplished speakers.

“This event is exactly the kind of intersectional, culturally relevant work that the Humanities Institute seeks to promote,” said Liz Kicak, Director of USF Humanities Institute. “Gay is one of the most well-respected intellectual leaders in her field and it’s a privilege to host her in Tampa.”

”I think this is the perfect time to bring Professor Gay to Tampa,” said Eric Eisenberg, Dean of the USF College of Arts and Sciences. “Our country is trying to have serious conversations about the topics she covers—such as race and sexual violence—and we welcome her experience, insights, and guidance.”

This Frontier Forum event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required but seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information can be found on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

For reasonable accommodations, please contact Elizabeth Kicack at

About the Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida
The Humanities Institute is an organization dedicate to facilitating research and community programming in a diverse range of subjects including literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, political science, gender studies, film and new media, and other fields.

About the College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual heart of the University of South Florida. We are a community of teachers and scholars united in the belief that broadly educated people are the basis of a just, free and prosperous society. By focusing on the big questions facing all of humanity, we prepare students for successful personal and professional lives. By conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship, we advance knowledge in ways that prepare us to address vexing social problems and enhance quality of life for people and communities.

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Author:Michelle Holden