Arrested Development star to deliver free lecture in Iowa City

Jeffrey Tambor will speak Aug. 28 for University Lecture Series

By B.A. Morelli, The Gazette

IOWA CITY — A character actor known for his role playing George Bluth Sr., the embattled family patriarch in cult-favorite television show, Arrested Development, will speak in Iowa City on Thursday.

Jeffrey Tambor is scheduled to deliver a lecture called “Performing Your Life” as part of the University of Iowa’s lecture series. “Tambor is highly creative, using his overwhelming love for life and the lessons learned along the way as sparks of inspiration for his keynotes,” according the University Lecture Committee website. “He speaks from the heart, sharing his personal truths as a way to inspire audiences young and old to embrace human connectivity.”

The free lecture begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. The annual lecture series has been held for more than 30 years, and Tambor’s talk is the first of the new school year.

Tambor, 68, received two Emmy nominations for his work on Arrested Development, a comedy show about dysfunctional wealthy family, which aired for three seasons beginning in 2003, and had fourth season released on Netflix in 2013.

He also earned recognition for his work as a fictional late-night talk show sidekick on The Larry Sanders Show in the mid 1980s to the late 1990s. He received four Emmy nominations for that role as Hank Kingsley.

According to the lecture series website, Tambor has a background as an educator and his presentations run the gamut from humor and relatable anecdotes, to experiences with mental health issues and his Jewish upbringing.

“He has the ability unlike any other speaker to share anecdotes from his decades in front of the camera, inspire businesses to find creative solutions and strategies, delve into his family’s struggle with mental health issues, reflect on his role as a father of four young children, and offer wisdom learned from his Jewish upbringing,” according to the website.

Other lectures this year include:

• A film screening of “Dirty Business: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for Our Energy Future,” from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Shambaugh Auditorium.

•“Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge” Expo from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Main Lounge of the IMU.

• A debate entitled: “Resolved: That the U.S. Congress should implement a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030,” featuring Mark Jacobson from Stanford University and Robert Bryce from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Main Lounge of the IMU.

• James Hansen, formerly director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, will present a lecture, “Speaking Truth to Power: Lessons from Iowa and Relevance to Global Climate Policies,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Main Lounge of the IMU.

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