UNI to host actor and activist Rob Lowe

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Jan Hanish, assistant vice president, Administration and Financial Services, 319-273-2382,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Acclaimed actor Rob Lowe will speak at the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.

In a presentation based on his latest memoir "Love Life," Lowe shares unforgettable stories and observations during his process of becoming a man, husband, friend and father. Lowe will share some of these insights during his presentation "Living a Life of Leadership." Throughout his presentation, this multi-talented actor, philanthropist and champion in the fight against cancer will also discuss the importance of giving back to one's community and what it takes to be an exceptional leader, no matter what your field.

Lowe, who has been acting since the age of 8, is well known for his prolific career in film and television. His credits include hits such as "The West Wing," "Brothers & Sisters," "Parks and Recreation," "The Outsiders" and "St. Elmo's Fire." Lowe has also served as a producer, writer and director. Off screen, he is a dedicated activist in the fight against cancer, working with organizations such as the Cancer Hope Network.

The Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series was established in 2001 by UNI alumna and former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Cole Corning. The series' purpose is to bring to campus nationally and internationally renowned leaders in such areas as the arts, business, education, government and the judiciary. It provides students with an understanding of what constitutes leadership across disciplines and helps them discover how people become leaders in their fields.

Joy Corning graduated from UNI with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in 1954. She taught school in Greenfield and Waterloo before leaving the profession to raise her family in Cedar Falls. She now lives in Des Moines.

Corning was elected to the Cedar Falls school board in 1973, serving 11 years, nine of them as president. After six years in the Iowa Senate, she was elected lieutenant governor, serving for eight years. 

Admission to the formal lecture is free; tickets are required. Tickets will be available: Monday, Aug. 31, and Tuesday, Sept. 1 for UNI students only; Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 4 for students, faculty and staff; and Tuesday, Sept. 8 for the general public. Tickets will be available at all UNItix locations or call 319-273-7469.