IOWA CITY — Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers will kick off The University of Iowa Lecture Committee’s fall semester lecture series on Wednesday.
Meyers is entering his 11th season as an SNL cast member and his sixth season as both head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor. Before focusing his attention solely on “Update,” Meyers was a regular player in sketches, performing numerous characters.
A graduate of Northwestern University, he studied and performed at ImprovOlympic, where many SNL cast members and writers got their start, before moving on to Boom Chicago theater in Amsterdam. His acclaimed show, Pick-ups and Hiccups, with partner Jill Benjamin toured Europe and eventually caught the eye of SNL.
Other upcoming lectures for the fall semester include:
- Barbara Ehrenreich, political activist and author of” Nickel & Dimed,” 7:30 p.m., Sept. 24, at the Englert Theater, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City.
- L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions,7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, in Room W10 of Pappajohn Business Building, Iowa City.
- Junot Diaz, 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Drown,”“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” and the forthcoming “This is How You Lose Her,” 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12, at the Englert Theater.
For more information or special accommodations to attend, contact (319) 335-3255.
While you’re there
Check out Iowa City’s annual Taste of Iowa City from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Iowa City.
What’s happening: Thirty-five Iowa City restaurants will offer up a sampling of their culinary fare. Food tickets can be purchased for $1 each at ticket tents located near Black Hawk Park, at the intersection of Washington and Clinton Streets, and in the North Side Marketplace at the corner of Jefferson and Linn Streets.
Other UI Welcome Week events: There’s a lot of other activities going on in Iowa City this week to welcome students back. Check out the details at the UI Welcome Week website.