Spotlight Programs Board has established the following criteria in selecting a speaker which is to support the University’s Strategic Plan by incorporating these topic areas in their speech:

  • Addressing challenging issues of the 21st century
  • Enhancing global competency of our students
  • Preparing our students to be societal leaders
  • Highlighting the arts and media

2008 United States Vice-Presidential Candidate: Journalist, Political Commentator & Scholar- Activist

Tues., Oct. 6, 2020
4 p.m.
Rosa Alicia Clemente is an organizer, political commentator and independent journalist. An Afro-Puerto Rican born and raised in the Bronx, NY she has dedicated her life to organizing, scholarship and activism. She is one of the most raw, honest, political, social, and cultural voices
in the country. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to grassroots organizing and scholar activism. To learn more about Rosa's life, read her bio here.

Emmy Award Winning Journalist: Former ESPN Chief Correspondent

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Student Center Ballroom
4 p.m.
Emmy Award winning journalist, Jemele Hill is the co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media and a staff writer for The Atlantic. Hill was previously the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. While at the Undefeated, Hill wrote, conducted newsmaker interviews, offered commentary of content for The Undefeated’s digital, television and audio platforms. She also hosts events and other important initiatives, including The Undefeated town halls and television specials. To read Jemele's complete bio, click here.

Rapper: Actor & Activist

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Student Center Ballroom
4 p.m.
How many times have you heard someone complain that contemporary rap music lacks its modern day Public Enemy equivalent? You've probably said it yourself. We all have. But we need to stop. Yeah, Public Enemy is inviolate and irreplaceable, but Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music is the closest we're going to get to an ideal soundtrack for a Do the Right Thing remake.

It's no surprise that the beats come from Brooklyn, courtesy of El-P, a hip hop artist, producer and entrepreneur who is the borough's resident laureate of urban apocalypse. Snares crash like abandoned buildings being blown up. Synthesizers ooze with a diseased glow of something dying in a toxic water supply. The effect is like a futuristic junkyard come to life. In the midst of the decay of post-industrial New York, Killer Mike, hip-hop inferno, pours fuel on the already inflamed. To read more about Killer Mike, click here.

Co-Host of ABC’s The View: GOP Strategist and Political Contributor

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Student Center Ballroom
4 p.m.
Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist, political analyst for CNN, CNN en Español, and Telemundo, and co-host of ABC’s The View. The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.” Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears in the media, sought after by Meet the Press, Bill Maher’s Real Time, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View, to name a few. “Ana speaks the truth, and she is willing to speak the truth to power without reservation…She has the ear of lots of elected officials,” said Republican consultant Brett O’Donnell. She is in touch with the political issues people are talking about, and in presentations, she discusses the latest hot button issues in politics, giving audiences an insider’s view of the upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed. To read Ana's complete bio, click here.

All Georgia State University students are invited to attend these free events, which take place at 4 p.m. in the ballroom of Student Center East located at 55 Gilmer Street. Faculty, staff, and guests will be permitted on a standby basis. Doors for these events will open at 3 p.m. Perimeter campuses will host a live stream of the speaker series on their campuses. Live stream on the Perimeter campuses will be at the following locations:

  • Alpharetta – AA112
  • Clarkston – JCLRC Auditorium
  • Decatur – SB 2210
  • Dunwoody – NB 2000
  • Newton – 2N 1000

Additional Fall and Spring semester speakers TBA.