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Attorney/TV star bound for campus

February 23, 2016

Star Jones, an attorney who now co-hosts ABC’s "The View," will keynote the next installment of the 2016 Steward Speaker Series on March 7 at the Campus Center, said campus coordinator Vernon A. Williams.

Star Jones

Star Jones of "The View" is also an attorney. She will headline the March 7 Steward Speaker Series event at the Campus Center. | PHOTO COURTESY OF THE STEWARD SERIES

Keeping with this year's series theme of exploring the state of black America, Jones has chosen the topic "Stand for Something or You'll Fall for Anything." Williams said she is expected to urge greater awareness and more passionate advocacy as she encourages people to get more involved in their community.

Jones' presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 450 of the Campus Center. IUPUI has served as title sponsor for the Steward Speaker Series for the past three years.

Williams, community engagement strategist for the Office of Community Engagement, believes that Jones' combination of legal expertise and high-profile media exposure uniquely positions her to challenge an audience to assume greater responsibility in the fate of their community and the nation.

He said there will also be a Q&A segment likely to evoke her views on such topics as law enforcement and the black community as well as the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court vacancy.

"Her presentation should set the table for provocative and timely dialogue," said Williams, who is organizing a campus event with a committee headed by Khalilah Shabazz of the Multicultural Center.

"Star Jones is uniquely qualified to lead a discussion that combines legal challenges with social dynamics placed in the context of the temperament of the nation," Williams added. "Her visit will provide an opportunity to apply national and global perspectives to specific needs of our city and state."

In addition to her role as a TV host, Jones has also served as a legal correspondent for NBC. She is still licensed to practice law in the state of New York and was a nationally known prosecutor in Brooklyn.

To learn more about this year's series and future events, visit the Steward Series website.

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