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

He’s portrayed a slave and a blind, spacefaring engineer, inspired countless young people to love literature, and he’s coming to campus.

LeVar Burton, the actor who grew up in Sacramento before going on to play roles in Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation and host Reading Rainbow for more than two decades, will be featured in Chancellor Gary S. May’s Chancellor’s Colloquium series on Nov. 4.

His visit will include a talk at 4 p.m., to be followed by a meet-and-greet. Ticketing information will be announced at a later date.

Burton continues to encourage the masses to explore fiction as the host of “LeVar Burton Reads,” a podcast where he reads short stories of his own choosing.

He’s the second Star Trek star to visit campus, after William Shatner shared the stage with May for a Chancellor’s Colloquium earlier this year. Burton visited the area a short time later, for the dedication of a park in his childhood Sacramento neighborhood named in his honor.