January 12, 2012

John Legend

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Legend, winner of nine Grammy awards and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, will speak and perform at Bucknell University on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Legend will give a presentation on creativity and his work, followed by a question-and-answer session and an hour-long concert as part of the ongoing Bucknell Forum series, "Creativity: Beyond the Box."

**Tickets Required**
Because seating is limited, a random lottery will determine who receives free tickets. The majority of the free tickets for the drawing have been set aside for students, faculty and staff. Given the University's strong bond with the community, a select set of tickets for the drawing have also been set aside for the general public.

Community members can begin registering for the random lottery on Monday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. The registration period for the community will remain open throughout the day, ending at midnight.

Faculty and staff can register for the random lottery on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. until midnight.

Students can register from Wednesday, Jan. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. through Thursday, Jan. 19, at midnight.

The random lottery will be held Friday, Jan. 20, and all who register will be notified of the results.

Ticket holders must be in their seats by 7:15 p.m. on the night of the event or they will forfeit to others waiting in line on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating for the event will be available in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building. The doors to the overflow seating open at 6:45 p.m. and tickets are not required.

For more information on the ticketing process go to http://www.bucknell.edu/ForumTickets.


Artist and philanthropist
Legend, who launched his career as a session player and vocalist, contributed to best-selling recordings by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Kanye West before recording his own chain of Top 10 albums: "Get Lifted" (2004), "Once Again" (2006) and "Evolver" (2008), each of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts.

He also starred in "The People Speak," a film about social change in the United States, and has appeared as himself in television shows including "Sesame Street" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

In addition to his music, Legend has dedicated himself to philanthropy. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty. He was awarded the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, and in 2009 received the CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change and the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award by Africare.

A board member with The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children, and the Harlem Village Academies, Legend is the national spokesperson for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that assists the next generation of minority business leaders.

In response to the devastation surrounding Hurricane Katrina, Legend partnered with Tide laundry detergent to address the needs of families in hard-hit areas. He works with Product (RED), which benefits the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Contact: Division of Communications