Feb 21, 2017
UVA Arts

The President’s Speaker Series for the Arts launched in 2013 aims to bring a global leader in the Arts to the University each year to speak about the value and meaning of the Arts to universities, communities and the nation. 

The UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts is 
supported by the Offices of the President and the Provost, 
the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph and 
Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

UVA Arts & Cornell Foundation

Bryan Cranston

2016-2017: Bryan Cranston To Be UVA’s President’s Speaker for the Arts on March 26

President’s Speaker Series for the Arts: A Conversation with Bryan Cranston – best-selling author and award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer – will be the University of Virginia’s guest for the third annual UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Cranston will reflect on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education and the world. Academy Award-winning producer and University alumnus Mark Johnson will moderate the conversation, to be held at the John Paul Jones Arena on March 26 at 2 pm. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. #Hoos4Cranston

Details & Full press release 


Kevin Spacey
2014-2015: Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey was the 2nd UVA President’s Speaker for the Arts 
on October 18, 2014

Kevin Spacey – award winning American film and stage actor, 
director, screenwriter and producer –  addressed the 
University of Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. in the 
John Paul Jones Arena for the second annual UVa 
President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. 

The UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts is 
supported by the Offices of the President and the Provost, 
the Vice Provost for the Arts and The Joseph & 
Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. 

Students, staff, faculty and members 
of the local community were all welcomed 
to participate in this landmark arts 
event. Over 8,000 people attended.

Full press release 


Tina Fey
2013-2014: The 
President’s Speaker Series for the Arts was launched in 2013 with Tina Fey as the inaugural Speaker. 

Tina Fey – actress, comedian, writer, producer and star of NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” – will return to the University of Virginia in the fall of 2013 to kick off a new speaker series highlighting the positive impact of arts on society. Fey studied playwriting and acting and graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in drama.

Her appearance, set for Sept. 14, 2013  at 8:15 p.m., will be the inaugural address of the “President’s Speaker Series for the Arts,” an initiative of the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Original Press Release