Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 2019 Fogelson Honors Forum

October 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Fogelson Honors Forum is open to TCU students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the DFW community. Admission is free.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a six-time NBA champion and the league’s only six time MVP. He is a regular contributing columnist for newspapers and magazines around the world, such as The Guardian and The Hollywood Reporter, where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially relevant and politically controversial topics facing our nation today. He is the recipient of two Columnist of the Year Awards, in 2017 and 2018, by the Southern California Journalism Awards. Before leaving office, President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Currently, Abdul-Jabbar serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation. Its mission is to “give kids a shot that can’t be blocked” by bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. A New York Times best-selling author, he has written 14 books, including two recent memoirs: Becoming Kareem for young readers, and Coach Wooden and Me about his lifelong friendship with famed UCLA coach John Wooden. His second installment of the Mycroft Holmes series, entitled Mycroft & Sherlock was released in October of 2018.

Abdul-Jabbar’s Emmy Award-winning HBO Sports documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, debuted as HBO’s most watched and highest-rated sports documentary of all time. Currently he is in the writers room working on Veronica Mars for Hulu.


About the Forum

The John V. Roach Honors College at TCU has the privilege of presenting the Fogelson Honors Forum through a $1 million gift from the estates of E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson and his wife, Greer Garson. The Forum brings renowned speakers, eminent scholars, and professional practitioners to campus to address TCU students, staff, and faculty, as well as the Fort Worth-Dallas community. Past speakers have included writer and actor Ben Stein; medical news correspondent Sanjay Gupta; politicians Jeb Bush and Bill Bradley; best-selling author Amy Tan; education advocate Diane Ravitch; Peabody Award winning creators of the “Serial” podcast, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder; scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor Bill Nye; and renowned scholar of cultural history and technology, Cathy N. Davidson.

The trustees of the E.E. Fogelson and Greer Garson Charitable Foundation of Dallas selected the Honors College as a recipient of the generous grant because of Fogelson’s association with TCU. A successful oilman and rancher, Buddy Fogelson attended TCU in 1919 and 1920. Upon his death, the trustees donated his vast rock collection to TCU, where it is currently displayed in the Geology department.

Greer Garson and Buddy Fogelson were generous throughout their lives to social, educational, and artistic causes, and extremely dedicated to their home state of Texas. TCU is grateful that the name of E.E. Fogelson will be forever associated with the Fogelson Honors Forum.

Brown Lupton University Union, Ballroom
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Fort Worth, Texas 76129
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John V. Roach Honors College
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John V. Roach Honors College
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Fort Worth, TX 76129