Musician and Actor Common To Speak at Annual Handleman Lecture at Michigan Ross


Next month, Michigan Ross will welcome award-winning musician, actor, best-selling author, and activist Common as the guest lecturer of the annual Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture Series this year.

Among the topics Common will discuss are using business as a force for positive change and fostering constructive dialogue to enable progress on the defining issues of our time. The event is free and open to the public.

Powerful Forces for Positive Change

Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture Series
Hill Auditorium
Thursday, September 26
6:30 p.m.

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Throughout his career as a hip hop artist, Common has earned three Grammy awards for his music, which primarily focuses on themes of love, struggle, and social and political issues. He has taken his talents to acting and writing, too, having been featured in a number of films and television series across genres. Let Love Have The Last Word - the most recent of his two best-selling memoirs - draws on personal stories to discuss how love and mindfulness can elevate communities.

Beyond his impressive list of awards and accolades as an artist, author, and actor, Common is dedicated to encouraging positive change through activism. He established the Common Ground Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower underprivileged youth in his hometown of Chicago to become future leaders through creative arts, mentorship, and educational programming.

Michigan Ross launched The Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture Series in 2013 through the generous support of the Joseph and Sally Handleman Charitable Foundation.

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