Award-winning, multi-talented performer Common’s Jan. 14 speaking engagement at Hanover College has been cancelled. Full refunds will be automatically provided for tickets purchased in advance.
The cancellation was forced due to travel arrangements and preparations for Common’s appearance during the Jan. 15 live television presentation of the 49th-annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. He is nominated for outstanding musical duo, group or collaboration for his work with Andra Day on “Stand Up for Something” from the film "Marshall."
The Hanover Enrichment Series will continue with appearances by former "boy soldier" and best-selling author Ishmael Beah (Feb. 9) and internet comedian and author Matt Bellassai (March 16).
Beginning at the age of 12, Beah was forced to fight for the Sierra Leone army against rebels during the nation’s civil war. Held hostage by brain-washing, drug addictions and pressures of the army, he fought for nearly three years before gaining refuge through UNICEF in 1996.
He will discuss his life as a “boy soldier,” Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.
Bellassai earned the first People’s Choice Award for favorite social media star in 2016. He created a dedicated following through the success of his online video series “Whine About It,” which received more than 3.5 million weekly views.
Bellassai worked as a writer at Buzzfeed before launching the web series “To Be Honest” and pursuing a stand-up comedy career. His current book, "Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations," features a collection of humorous essays recounting moments from his life.
He will perform Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Collier Arena.
General admission tickets for appearances by Beah and Bellassai are now available (Beah tickets / Bellassai tickets). Seats cost just $15 each for adults, while tickets for children high-school age and younger (18-) are free.
The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from the McManaman Trust, German American Bank and the Indiana Arts Commission.