Martin Sheen, ‘Live PD’ host, former NFL player to speak at YSU

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Eddie George, Nancy Grace and Martin Sheen

Actor Martin Sheen and legal commentator Nancy Grace are among those scheduled to speak as part of Youngstown State University’s Skeggs Lecture Series. 

Announced Thursday, the line-up also includes “Live PD” host Dan Abrams, retired NFL player Eddie George and Kevin Smith, who wrote and directed “Clerks.” 

The line-up is as follows: 

  • The Skeggs Lecture Series presents Dan Abrams & Nancy Grace on Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets available beginning February 4.
  • Thomas Colloquium presents Eddie George on Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m., at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets available beginning February 11.
  • The Skeggs Lecture Series presents Kevin Smith on Friday, July 5, 7 p.m., at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets available beginning May 20.
  • The Skeggs Lecture Series presents Martin Sheen on Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m., Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets available beginning September 9. 

Centofanti Symposium is also presenting a panel discussion on “Surviving and Moving Forward” with those affected by mass casualties like the Columbine school shooting and Pulse Nightclub shooting.

That will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets are available, beginning March 4.

Dan Abrams is a best-selling author, chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News and the hose of “Live PD” on the A&E Network. 

Nancy Grace was the host of the “Nancy Grace” show from 2005 to 2016, which was a nightly celebrity news and current affairs show on HLN. She manages a crime show on Sirius XM and website 

Eddie George is a retired NFL player, actor and sports analyst. He played football for The Ohio State University and won the Heisman Trophy in 1995, later playing professionally for the Tennessee Titans. He has now transitioned into acting and motivational speaking as well as other projects. 

Kevin Smith is a filmmaker, actor, comedian and comic book writer. He has made several films but came to prominence with “Clerks,” in which he also acted in as the character Silent Bob. 

Martin Sheen is a well-known actor, starring in movies like “Apocalypse Now,” “Wall Street” and “The Departed” as well as appearing as President Josiah Bartlet in the TV show, “The West Wing.” He uses his celebrity status to lend a voice to political and humanitarian causes around the world. 

Tickets for the events are always free, but tickets are limited to four per person. To get tickets, go to the Stambaugh Auditorium’s box office or visit

Stambaugh Auditorium is located at 1000 Fifth Ave. in Youngstown. 

More information on the events and speakers is available on YSU’s Facebook page

Kevin Smith and Dan Abrams

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