Chancellor’s Colloquium: LeVar Burton

Photo of LeVar Burton in a library, surrounded by books.
LeVar Burton, host of the podcast “LeVar Burton Reads,” will visit campus on Nov. 4 for a Chancellor’s Colloquium. (Courtesy)

Event Date

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Sacramento native LeVar Burton, who portrayed a slave in Roots and a blind, spacefaring engineer in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and, who as the host of PBS’ Reading Rainbow for more than two decades, inspired countless young people to love literature, is the first guest in the 2019-20 Chancellor’s Colloquium series. The colloquium will begin at 4 p.m. and will include a meet and greet. Burton continues to encourage the masses to explore fiction as the host of “LeVar Burton Reads: The Best Short Fiction, Handpicked by the World's Greatest Storyteller.”

Admission to the Chancellor’s Colloquium is free and open to the public, but tickets (limit two per person) are required. The Mondavi Center box office is distributing the tickets as follows:

  • Online
  • By phone — 530-754-2787 or toll-free 866-754-2787
  • In person — The box office is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before all ticketed events.

Note: The online ticket page indicates processing fees will be charge for orders made by phone and online; in fact, there will no fees assessed for this event, no matter how you secure your tickets.)

Burton is the second Star Trek star to visit campus for a Chancellor’s Colloquium, after William Shatner shared the stage with Chancellor Gary S. May earlier this year. Burton visited the area a short time after that, for the dedication of a park in his honor, in the Sacramento neighborhood where he grew up.