Butler University’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series presents Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in Clowes Memorial Hall.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. They are available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 14.
For more information, call (317) 940-6444.
Matlin’s talk, “Nobody’s Perfect: Achieving Inclusion, Diversity and Access,” will concentrate on the unexpected challenges she faced by being thrust into the spotlight as an emissary for the deaf community.
Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Children of a Lesser God, earning her the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar, making her one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut.
Matlin has starred in numerous feature films and television series, including NBC’s Emmy-Award winning The West Wing and Law and Order: SVU. In 2007, she joined the cast of Showtime’s cutting-edge drama The L Word, and in 2008, Matlin broke barriers once again when she joined the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Matlin currently serves as a National Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Red Cross. She has advocated for closed captioning and was instrumental in getting Congress to pass federal legislation requiring all televisions manufactured in the United States to be equipped with closed captioning technology. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including Easter Seals, The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, as well as charities which primarily benefit children. Matlin has received numerous awards for her advocacy on behalf of children and the deaf community.
The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series is a collaborative diversity initiative between Butler University and the Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis Power & Light Co., Old National Bank, Kroger Inc., Radio One, and The Columbia Club.