Dr. Lori Verderame to Bring Antique Apraisal Comedy Show to LSSU

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Dr. Lori Verderame

Dr. Lori Verderame, the popular antiques appraiser on the Discovery Channel show “Auction Kings” will bring her humor and wit to Lake Superior State University as part of its “BE Inspired” speaker series during the fall semester.

The public is welcome at this program, which starts at 6 p.m. on Sept. 9 in room 204 of LSSU’s Crawford Hall of Science, and at a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby. Admission is free.

In addition to her well-known comedic and no-holds-barred approach to antiques, Verderame will provide students and members of the public with remarks about her career, as well as entrepreneurial advice.

“It will be a really fun show as she interacts with the audience and shares what’s possible to achieve with any college degree,” said Dr. David Roland Finley, dean of the LSSU Lukenda School of Business, who attended University of Michigan with Verderame.

The award-winning TV personality regularly shares insider information about antiques through her blog on her website, DrLoriV.com She is followed by 10 million readers through her website and her syndicated column that is featured in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.

Verderame has been featured on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Guests may bring an antique to be appraised as part of her wildly funny, one-of-a-kind,
entertaining and informative program, and 15 will be selected for appraisal by random drawing. She said she never knows what kind of old things that audiences will bring her. Every show is different and completely unscripted.

She will pull no punches as she evaluates your articles and makes the audience laugh.

“When it comes to your antiques and collectibles,” she says, “I’ll break some hearts and I’ll make some millionaires.” As she entertains, Verderame will provide tips on how to sell unwanted things for top dollar, spot the secrets of auctions, negotiate to find bargains, and will explain why you should not host a yard sale. She will share her unique insight on what is actually real about reality TV.

Going by the stage name “Dr. Lori,” Verderame holds a doctorate from Penn State University, and has served on the faculty there, as well as with the State University of New York, Muhlenberg College and Albertus Magnus College. She has held museum positions at Yale University Art Gallery, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Martin Art Gallery, and Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. She has lectured throughout the world and appraises 20,000 objects in more than 150 shows and appointments.

LSSU’s “BE Inspired” speaker series is sponsored by the LSSU Lukenda School of Business, the School of Engineering and Technology, and the LSSU Cultural Affairs Committee. For more information, contact Marcia Jenkins Ball at 906-635-2426 or write mjenkinsball@lssu.edu.

Next up in the BE Inspired Series is LSSU alumnus Mike Hoffner, director of Career and Technical Education at the Branch Area Career Center, who will be on campus on Oct. 15.