CNN host W. Kamau Bell to speak in downtown Fayetteville March 29

From episode 1: W. Kamau Bell explores the KKK / CNN

Comedian and CNN documentary host W. Kamau Bell will speak in downtown Fayetteville this month as part of the University of Arkansas’ Distinguished Lecture Series.

The student-sponsored event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at the Fayetteville Town Center, 15 W. Mountain St. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

CNN said Bell’s documentary series United Shades of America, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in its first season, ranked the highest among adults ages 25-54 and attracted the youngest audience in its time period.

Each hour-long episode follows the comedian as he explores various communities and subcultures across the country while investigating race and other topics. Bell describes the locations he visits as places “you either wouldn’t expect I would go or where I absolutely shouldn’t go.” In as episode during the first season, Bell met up with members of the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas.

Before the CNN series, Bell was best known as the host of the former FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He is the host of the live public radio show Kamau Right Now! and also co-hosts the podcasts Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period and Politically Re-Active.

From the UA:

The Distinguished Lecture Series is a student-sponsored program, a part of the Office of Student Activities. For accomodations due to disability please contact the Office of Student Activities, [email protected], or call 479-575-5255.

Speakers are chosen by a committee of students, faculty and staff, and the events are funded by students who pay the student activities fee, appropriated by the Programs Allocation Board. Recent speakers have included Bill Nye, Brandon Stanton and Abby Wambach.