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SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker Series presents a Fireside Chat with special guests Janus Adams ’67, ’18 HON, Emmy-Award winning journalist, historian, TV commentator and talk show host (The Janus Adams Show) and Ilyasah Shabazz ’85, award-winning author, activist, and daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.

Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Speaker Series

To Be or Not to Be?

An intergenerational "fireside chat" between two New Paltz alumnae on purpose, personal, and social responsibility. What does it mean to be oneself in times of challenge and change? 

 Dr. Janus Adams '67, '18 HON is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, historian, author/publisher, television commentator, talk show host, and NPR's first National Arts Correspondent


Ilyasah Shabazz '85, is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, an award-winning author, activist, and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Monday, October 28, 2019

7:30 P.M.
SUNY New Paltz
Lecture Center 100

Dessert reception and booksigning follow lecture

Tickets: $10

Parker Theatre Box Office Hours:

September 17 - October 14, 2019  M-F 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SUNY New Paltz, Southside Loop

Tickets also available one hour prior to the lecture in the Lecture Center Lobby. Please call 845-257-3880 for further information regarding tickets. If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please call 845-257-3972 at least two weeks prior to the program.



Thank you! Your generous support sustains the Distinguished Speaker Series and plays a key role in our student's educational experience by allowing them to attend the Series and other campus events for free.

Opportunities are available to recognize you or your business before and throughout the event. For information, 845-257-3972.

Now in its eleventh successful year, our Distinguished Speaker Series features high-profile individuals from literature, public affairs, and popular culture, with each presentation attracting the campus community and the wider public, generating media coverage, and providing memorable experiences for our students. SUNY New Paltz received a generous gift from a private donor to initially underwrite a portion of this signature campus program.

The goal of the Distinguished Speaker Series is to connect alumni, community members, friends, faculty, staff, students and their families with well-known authors, policy makers and leaders, scientists, media experts, business people, and other luminaries, on our campus.