Photo gallery Producer, actress Lena Waithe speaks, meets with students

February 14, 2018

Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, producer, and actress Lena Waithe met with students and gave a speech at Union South Tuesday night. She was featured as a Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecturer, and keynote speaker for Black History Month. Expertly tapping into emerging cultural sensibilities with a sharp wit, speaking to myriad experiences from her unique perspective and challenging audiences to think outside of conventional norms, Waithe touched on her own acts of resistance and resilience.

Students got a chance to chat with Emmy-winning writer, actress and producer Lena Waithe, in the blue hat, in a Black History Month event at UW-Madison in February.

Students got a chance to chat with Emmy-winning writer, actress and producer Lena Waithe, in the blue hat, in a Black History Month event at UW-Madison in February. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Undergraduate Kaitlynne Roling, a Chancellor-Powers Knapp Scholar, talks with Waithe during a meet-and-greet session with invited UW-Madison students.

Undergraduate Kaitlynne Roling, a Chancellor-Powers Knapp Scholar, talks with Waithe during a meet-and-greet session with invited UW-Madison students. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Undergraduate Janetta Hill, with the First Wave program, talks with Waithe.

Undergraduate Janetta Hill, with the First Wave program, talks with Waithe. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Undergraduate Paul Jackson II, a student athlete on the football team, shakes Waithe's hand.

Undergraduate Paul Jackson II, a student athlete on the football team, shakes Waithe's hand. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Undergraduate Ibtisam Haq chats with Waithe during the event. Waithe gave a keynote speech at Union South as part of UW-Madison's celebration of Black History Month.

Undergraduate Ibtisam Haq chats with Waithe during the event. Waithe gave a keynote speech at Union South as part of UW-Madison's celebration of Black History Month. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Waithe, wearing a Chance the Rapper 3 hat, talks with UW-Madison students.

Waithe, wearing a Chance the Rapper 3 hat, talks with UW-Madison students. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Students got a chance to chat with Emmy-winning writer, actress and producer Lena Waithe, in the blue hat, in a Black History Month event at UW-Madison in February.

Students got a chance to chat with Emmy-winning writer, actress and producer Lena Waithe, in the blue hat, in a Black History Month event at UW-Madison in February. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Waithe's note in the guest book for the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Waithe's note in the guest book for the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Distinguished Lecture Series. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Waithe signs a guest book for the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Distinguished Lecture Series committee during a meet-and-greet session with students.

Waithe signs a guest book for the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Distinguished Lecture Series committee during a meet-and-greet session with students. Photo by: Jeff Miller

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