Academic Lecture Series with Nyle DiMarco


The Lamar University Academic Lecture Series presents a distinguished lecture featuring model, actor and deaf activist Nyle DiMarco, winner of Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in the University Theatre. Lamar University students will have an exclusive opportunity to see Mr. DiMarco's presentation at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend his presentation at 7 p.m. 

The free event is hosted by the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


3 PM: Student Lecture in the University Theatre

7 PM: Public Lecture in the University Theatre

8 PM: Audience Meet & Greet



Born into a multigenerational deaf family, DiMarco is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world. DiMarco was also a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by native deaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language.

Nyle DiMarcoWith a passion for language, literacy and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond, DiMarco will share his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man who has risen above stereotypes in a 40-minute speech titled, “Living Out Loud.” Believing that his deafness is "an asset rather than a limitation," he builds a bridge between the deaf and hearing by shining a light on not only the struggles, but also the triumphs of the deaf culture. Above all, DiMarco shows audiences that with a sense of community, commitment to your goals, and belief in yourself, you can accomplish anything. 



The Lamar University Academic Lecture Series, funded by student service fees, adds a significant asset to the university by supporting the LU academic community to hold two lectures each year featuring distinguished speakers whose disciplines are represented by each of the university’s colleges.

Previous speakers include executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Captain Richard Phillips, developmental biologist and author John Medina, astronaut Sally Ride, entrepreneur Jerry Greenfield, journalist Tony Snow, professional basketball player Bob Love, author Sarah Vowell, freedom writer Manuel Scott, author Erik Qualman, choreographer Judith Jamison, actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., and synthetic-biology and metabolic engineer Jay Keasling.