UB Distinguished Speakers Series: Winston Duke

UB Alumnus | Actor, "Us;" "Black Panther;" "Nine Days;" & "Spenser Confidential"

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November 4, 2021
7 p.m.

Center for the Arts
Mainstage Theatre

Tickets: $28.00 - $48.00

Rescheduled Date

Tickets issued for the initial lecture date (Oct. 13) will be honored on Nov. 4; guests who have already received tickets do not need to obtain replacement tickets. If you can no longer attend the event based on the new date, please see the Winston Duke ticket refund information.

Health and Safety

Attendees will be required to wear a face mask and show proof that they are fully vaccinated. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well. Children under 12 who are not vaccinated may still be admitted with a ticket, but must be masked at all times. View the announcement of this policy and check UB's website regularly for the latest health & safety guidelines.

Winston Duke made his feature film debut in “Black Panther,” the highest-grossing film of 2018, as well as the third-highest-grossing film ever in the United States. Duke played the fan-favorite character M’Baku.  The role earned him his first NAACP nomination for Breakout of the Year. Duke reprised his role as M’Baku in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers End Game.”

Duke recently starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s Netflix crime drama “Spencer Confidential.”

His other film credits include Jordan Peele’s “Us” for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture.

Duke’s projects also include Sony Picture Classics’ “Nine Days” which premiered to rave reviews at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Duke not only plays the lead role, but also serves as an executive producer.

He has received numerous accolades including the Breakout Award at the 2018 Savannah Film Festival and was highlighted as one of the top ten actors in Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation issue.

Duke was also awarded with the Advanced Imaging Society's Social Justice Lumiere Award for his work as the star and executive producer of “The Messy Truth VR Experience,” a virtual reality (VR) short-doc which provides viewers with a look at the timely themes of race, mercy and redemption through someone else’s eyes.

Outside of acting, Duke is an advocate for the HeForShe movement and most recently issued a global call to action for gender equality during the United Nations HeForShe Impact Summit.

He also has joined the American Diabetes Association® to spark a national conversation about diabetes, a disease that impacts nearly half of the U.S. adult population.

Duke was recently named the first celebrity ambassador for Partners in Health, a nonprofit global health and social justice organization fighting injustice by bringing the benefits of modern medical science to impoverished communities around the world.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Duke received his bachelor of arts in theatre at the University at Buffalo and master of fine arts at Yale School of Drama.