Provost’s Lecture with featured speaker W. Kamau Bell took place on January 31, 2019, at 7:00 PM at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Mr. Bell is a writer, director, and comedian who is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. He is a frequent political commentator and just made his Netflix debut with a new stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro. Bell recently published a book with the easy-to-remember title, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. He has hosted three critically acclaimed podcasts: Kamau Right Now!, Politically Re-Active, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period. Bell is on the advisory board of Hollaback! and Donors Choose and is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice. The New York Times called Bell “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” 

The Provost’s Lecture Series is made possible through a partnership between the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation. The series brings renowned speakers to Oregon State University to provoke intellectually rich conversations on our campus and in the community on topics of local, national, and global significance. I hope you find the talk by Mr. Bell to be an opportunity to share perspectives and cultivate new ways of advancing our important work of making OSU a truly welcoming place for all.

An Evening with W. Kamau Bell
January 31, 2019, at 7:00 PM

LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium

Please contact Andrea McDaniel in the Office of the Provost for information regarding future Provost's Lectures (email