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Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Wesley Lowery to Speak at USF

The Feb. 15 event is free and open to the public

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – Wesley Lowery, the Washington Post’s leading reporter on police shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement, will speak at the University of South Florida at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater. Lowery is expected to share his thoughts about race, diversity and activism as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Frontier Forum Lecture Series.

Lowery is an on-air contributor for CNN and a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent who frequently covers topics surrounding justice and law enforcement. His new book, the New York Times best seller “They Can’t Kill Us All,” garnered the 2016 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose by the Los Angeles Times for detailing life-changing experiences like being detained by police while covering the riots after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Having worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe, Lowery has dedicated his life to reporting news stories that strike at the heart of what he values as essential to keep in the political conversation. This work has earned him the title of Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. Lowery’s coverage of police shootings while at the Washington Post and the Boston Marathon bombings while at the Boston Globe helped him earn two Pulitzer Prizes.

Presented by USF Phi Beta Kappa alumni faculty and sponsored by the USF College of Arts and Sciences and USF Office of the Provost, the Frontier Forum Lecture Series has hosted several notable speakers since 2010, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, George Takei, Jane Goodall and Scott Freiman.

The Marshall Student Center at USF is located at 4103 USF Cedar Circle, Tampa, FL 33620. Visitor pay by space will be available in the Crescent Hill parking garage. For reasonable accommodations, email

About the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

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