Distinguished Lecture Series


Jose Antonio Vargas

Our first distinguished speaker this fall is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. Jose Antonio Vargas is also the founder of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship. 

Vargas is well known for producing and directing Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. The film premiered at the AFI Docs film festival in 2013, was released theatrically and broadcast on CNN in 2014, and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.

He is also the executive editor of #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform he conceived focusing on race, immigration, and the complexities of multiculturalism. The multimedia platform is a partnership with the Los Angeles Times. #EmergingUS launched in June 2015.


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The UNT Distinguished Lecture Series

Jose Antonio Vargas

October 21, 2015, 8pm
UNT Auditorium

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Filmmaker, and Undocumented Immigrant

Ticket information is upcoming for Joe Navarro.

Joe Navarro

November 3, 2015, 8pm
UNT Auditorium

Joe Navarro is a body language expert, American author, and former FBI agent and supervisor.

Ticket and event information is upcoming for the following speakers.

Jessica Williams

February 9, 2016

American actress, comedian, and just an overall cool gal.


Bill Nye

April 6, 2016

You know him. He's the Science Guy.


UNT brings the DLS

The University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series is chartered as a university-wide standing Administrative Committee. The objective is to provide the university and greater communities with a variety of distinguished lecturers and speakers that will bring significant interest, visibility and added prestige to the University of North Texas.


Prestigious speakers

The selection of speakers will be conducted on a consensus basis, after suggestions have been sought throughout the university. The selected speakers must reflect a wide public recognition and appeal. Under no circumstances will the Series be used to promote the discipline of any particular academic unit, department, school or college within the University.

Your committee

The Series will be administered by a committee composed of three (3) faculty representatives appointed by the Faculty Senate, three (3) staff representatives appointed by the UNT Staff Council, six (6) students appointed by the UNT Student Government Association, and one permanent ex officio faculty and/or staff representative to serve as administrative assistance to the committee, appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The President of the UNT Student Government Association or his/her designee shall serve as chair.