Coming to SIU: Ken Jennings, Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time

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This man is a multi-million-dollar Jeopardy! prize winner, a best-selling author, and lifelong trivia whiz.

He will also take over the stage at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

In true Jeopardy! style, the question for that answer is: who is Ken Jennings, the Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time?

Jennings will be present “The Future of Knowing Stuff: Knowledge and Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” at SIU’s Shryock Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on March 27.

Tickets are free and available online now. CLICK HERE to get yours.

You’ll want to claim yours quick, as tickets are available only on a first-come, first-served reservation basis. Seating is limited.

The guest appearance by the “King of Trivia” at SIU is in conjunction with the university’s big 150th anniversary, which celebrates educational excellence.

During his presentation, he will host a mini-quiz show featuring SIU students as contestants.

Afterwards, Jennings will sign copies of his book “Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture,” which will be available for sale.

About Ken Jennings

Just weeks ago, Jennings beat two other Jeopardy! legends, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, to win $1 million and the GOAT (Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time) title. It was a prime-time, best-of-seven event in which two games were played each night with earnings totaled to choose that day’s winner.

Though, Jennings’ affection for trivia dates back to his childhood. He spent a lot of his younger years in Korea and Singapore, where his father was an attorney and young Ken faithfully watched the game show on Armed Forces Network.

Later in life, Jennings organized school quiz competitions around the country and proceeded to take a job as a software engineer.

In 2004, he was selected to appear on Jeopardy! and would go on to claim victory after victory.

He holds the record for the highest percentage of correct responses, a remarkable 35.9 percent.

Since then, he’s reached celebrity status and has made appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Live with Regis and Kelly” and even “Sesame Street.”

Jennings also frequently speaks about artificial intelligence, the importance of knowledge in connecting people, and the value of trivia.