Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)

The Distinguished Lecture Series presents

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7pm

Doors open at 6pm

Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar returns to Milwaukee years after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their only NBA championship in 1971. Join us as he speaks about his personal journey and experiences both as a Muslim icon and a social activist in America who has achieved great professional success against many odds.

Kareem is a basketball legend; he is the National Basketball Association’s all-time leading scorer, a six-time champion, and a 19-time All-Star. The list of accomplishments he has as an athlete goes on, but Kareem says, “I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop; my greatest asset is my mind.”

After retirement, Kareem has remained active. A respected writer and thought leader, Kareem is the author of 11 books, including the recent title Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. He is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially relevant and politically controversial topics facing our nation today.

In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States, by President Barack Obama. In 2012, Kareem was appointed to be the only U.S. Cultural Ambassador by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His Skyhook Foundation brings educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities.

The Muslim Student Association and Student Involvement are honored to welcome Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In a world where Islam and Muslims are often misunderstood, Kareem provides insight into his experiences as an African American convert to Islam, and the role his identity and beliefs played in his life, in overcoming adversity and achieving success.

Book signing to follow. Books will be available for sale. No memorabilia will be signed.

Shuttle Information

Free bus shuttles will be departing from the UWM Student Union and Sandburg Hall (University Housing residents only) from 5-7pm. Milwaukee Theatre doors open at 6pm and the lecture begins at 7pm. Return shuttles begin at 8:30pm and will drop off all passengers at the Student Union. Please avoid bringing large bags to the venue.


Tickets available starting February 15, 2017 at the Union Information Center or by calling (414) 229-4825.

General Public tickets are also available online at Ticketmaster.

Advance Tickets: Door Tickets:
UWM Students w/ ID FREE FREE
Campus Community (UWM Faculty, Staff, Alumni) and Non-UWM Students w/ ID $10 $15
General Public $15 $20

For more information, call UWM Student Involvement: (414) 229-5780, visit dls.uwm.edu or email Sociocultural Program Manager Claudia E. Guzmán: guzmanc@uwm.edu.

For media inquiries, call 414-229- 7490 or email media-services@uwm.edu.

Sponsored by the UWM Muslim Student Association, Student Involvement, Sociocultural Programming, Student Affairs, Global Inclusion and Engagement, the Baye Foundation, Campus Activities Board, Cultures and Communities, UWM Athletics, Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, and UWM University Recreation.


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