Maya Angelou to Appear on Campus

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Dr. Maya Angelou, renowned poet and writer, will return to speak at Augustana College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Elmen Center.

This will be the second time Angelou has appeared on campus. She previously spoke in 2007 at the Elmen Center.

The event is sponsored and organized by the Union Board of Governors (UBG) Culture and Fine Arts Committee, a student-run campus programming organization.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Angelou, one of this generation’s greatest poets, to our campus again and to share her beautiful words with the region,” President Rob Oliver said.

Angelou’s works include "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," "The Heart of a Woman," and "A Song Flung Up to Heaven." She most recently published "Mom & Me & Mom," written about her mother and released earlier in 2013.

Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received three Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.

Dr. Angelou has received over 30 honorary degrees and is the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Tickets are $20 for bleacher seats and $40 for floor seats. Tickets are free for Augustana students with a valid ID; $10 for Augustana faculty/staff with coupon code. Tickets are available at

Contact info:

Jeff Venekamp
Director of Student Activities