Larry Wilmore to Deliver Lecture at Harvard This Fall

The former Nightly Show host is heading to Cambridge.

Larry Wilmore and Stephen Colbert

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The Harvard Kennedy School has tapped comedian Larry Wilmore to deliver a high-profile lecture this fall.

The former Nightly Show host will give the Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics at the university on Tuesday, November 15. In honor of the late reporter, the annual address has been delivered by a prominent politician or media member each year since its inception in 1989.

Wilmore is the latest big name to speak at the event, as past lecturers have included Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Jesse Jackson, and Rachel Maddow.

Aside from the upcoming gig at Harvard, this year has been tough one for the comic. His Comedy Central series was abruptly canceled over the summer, just prior to the revving up of the 2016 presidential race.

The former late-night host’s resume includes a lengthy stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as well as serving as a writer and producer on The Office. He also won an Emmy Award, Peabody Award, and NAACP Award as the creator, writer, and producer of the classic sitcom The Bernie Mac Show.

Tickets to Wilmore’s appearance at Harvard are free, but will be assigned using a lottery system that fans can enter on the website for Harvard Institute of Politics through Wednesday, November 9.