Actor Terrence Howard to appear at Judson University

Actor and entrepreneur Terrence Howard will be the featured guest in the second Conversations with Mark Vargas program that will take place July 9 at Judson University in Elgin.

Vargas, a 2004 Judson University alumnus and 2000 St. Charles High School graduate, will host a discussion with Howard about life, business and finding inspiration.

“The world knows Terrence Howard as an actor who’s starred in some of the biggest films and television shows in Hollywood,” Judson University President Gene Crume said in a news release from the university. “But more than an actor, he’s also an entrepreneur and an inventor. And we look forward to learning more about this next chapter in Terrence’s already impressive career.”

The interview with Howard is the second event for the World Leaders Forum series, Conversations with Mark Vargas, where Vargas invites some of the most recognizable names in business, entertainment and politics. The 2019 inaugural guest was entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban.

Sponsors will be invited to attend a private dinner reception with Mr. Howard.

“I look forward to an entertaining and thoughtful conversation with Terrence Howard,” Vargas said in the release. “There’s no doubt that Terrence is an A-list Hollywood celebrity, but he knows there’s more to life than just acting. And I look forward to talking with him about that in more detail. The audience will walk away inspired – that I can guarantee.”

Proceeds from this event will fund entrepreneurship, diversity and RISE program scholarships for students at Judson University. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Herrick Chapel on Judson’s campus.

VIP ticket purchasers will receive a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Howard following the event.

Tickets are available to the public starting Wednesday. For ticketing and sponsorship information, go to