LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers for three decades, and continues to enjoy longevity truly rare within the industry. His deftness in avoiding stereotype continues to be a hallmark of an incredibly diverse career. Launching his acting career in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series ROOTS, Burton found himself on the cover of Time Magazine at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, Burton achieved further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and feature films. From 1983 until 2009, Burton was the host and producer of the beloved Peabody Award winning PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow. The honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and 5 NAACP awards, LeVar has demonstrated in his career that he can do it all, whether acting, directing, producing or writing. No greater proof of his enduring appeal and deep personal connection with his audience is the fact that LeVar is one of the most followed people in the world on Twitter, with over 1.7M followers.
: All conference attendees are invited to a special General Session Friday morning.
We will also be honoring CUE members and friends through our annual CUE Awards Recognition. Attendees will also get a glimpse of the future as we introduce the 2014 Board of Directors nominees.
Get there early, as space is limited. Genearal Keynote - LeVar Burton Digital Storytelling & Real World Connections Inspire Lifelong Learners
As steward of the beloved Reading Rainbow brand, and an educational advocate, for over 30 years LeVar has been encouraging generations of children to read. Here he discusses how mobile devices and digital media enables all types of readers to connect with literature in ways never before possible. The opportunities for children to discover and interact with stories that interest them, and extend the learning to relevant topics in the classroom is exciting. Join LeVar as he talks about his true passion, inspiring today's digital generation of readers. e