Terrence Howard to Be Guest for Conversation Series

Judson University is excited to announce that actor and entrepreneur, Terrence Howard is the featured guest in the second Conversations with Mark Vargas event taking place on July 9, at Judson University in Elgin. Judson alum Mark Vargas (’04) will have a thoughtful and entertaining conversation with Howard about life, business, and finding inspiration.

Faculty and Staff have a special rate for tickets – see your email from News and Events dated June 2 for the promotion code. The July 9 event will be held in Herrick Chapel at 3 p.m. Learn more about tickets and sponsorship opportunities here.

About Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard is a well-respected actor, musician, producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and inventor. Born in Chicago, Howard is best known for his Golden Globe Award and Academy Award-nominated work in “Hustle & Flow,” as well as for his supporting role in the film “Crash,” among many other notable films and television shows.

Howard starred as “Lucious Lyon” in Fox’s “Empire” television show. “Empire” is a hip hop family project from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong which co-starred Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe, and ran for seven seasons. Howard also recently starred in Fox’s Wayward “Pines,” a 10-episode psychological thriller from EP M. Night Shyamalan.

Howard made his feature film debut in the 1993 movie “Who’s the Man?” In 1999, he was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Additional film credits include Howard’s portrayal of Nelson Mandela, opposite Jennifer Hudson, in the film “Winnie,” his starring role alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston in George Lucas’ Red Tails, as well as “Valerie Flake,” “Best Laid Plans,” the Academy-Award nominated “Ray,” “Pride,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “The Brave One,” and “August Rush.”

A self-taught musician, Howard writes, composes, and produces music including “What the DJ Spins,” a hit featured on “Empire.” He also displayed his musical talents in “Ray” as Ray Charles’ one-time guitarist, Gossie McKee, and in “Hustle & Flow,” as rapper “Djay,” in which Howard performed all the tracks for his character, including “It’s Hard Out Here for A Pimp,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Additionally, his debut album, “Shine Through It,” was released in September 2008.

Howard resides in Philadelphia, Pa. The father of five has a strong interest in science and more than 70 design, trademark, and utility patents pending. These are based on his scientific research and pursuits with applications in most industries at all scales from material, energy, and propulsion sciences, nano-tech, and computing, as well as large-scale space and or Earthly construction projects, including 4D geospatial mapping and future environmental and terraforming services. He is also an artist, and he creates incredible light sculptures influenced by sacred geometry.

About Mark Vargas
Judson alumni Mark Vargas ’04 is a trusted adviser and close confidante to some of America’s most high-profile political and business leaders. His work as a tech entrepreneur in health care and as a political opinion writer has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Huffington Post, and Fox News.

From 2007 to 2010, Vargas served as a civilian within the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a special task force focused on rebuilding war-torn economies through foreign and private investment. In 2009, he was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service medal. His civilian service at the Defense Department included 14 trips to Baghdad and expanded across two presidential administrations. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Judson University, where he served as student body president.

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