Academy Award Winner Viola Davis Is Coming To USF And Needs A Bigger Venue

People Want To See Viola Davis So Bad That Her Lecture Had To Be Moved To A Bigger Venue

Academy Award winner Viola Davis is making her way to the Bay Area next week. The University of South Florida announced the actress would be at the Tampa campus to speak on April 4th during USF Week.

The lecture is free to the public and has been in such high demand that the location had to be changed. So many people want to attend the star’s lecture that the school had to move her from the Marshall Student Center to the Sun Dome.

Davis will speak as part of the student-run University Lecture Series. While the lecture is free to the general public and USF students, non-student attendees will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.

The actress made headlines when she won her first Academy Award (2017) for her supporting role in Fences. Before receiving the honor she had won numerous other awards for various roles in her career. With the Academy Award win she became the first black actor/actress to win an Oscar, Tony and Emmy for acting.

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Davis was highly praised for her roles in The Help (2011) and Doubt (2008), which she received Oscar nominations for both as well. Outside of film she takes on a leading role in the ABC TV series How To Get Away With Murder.

In her lectures Davis often talks about overcoming poverty as a child and becoming a stronger woman. She uses her voice to bring awareness to women of color through art.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.