Lindenwood University has launched a new series that will bring a diverse selection of speakers to the school in 2008-2009, including authors, humanitarians, a key witness in the trial of Saddam Hussein, the director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and a National Geographic photographer.
“We are very excited about the inaugural year for the Lindenwood University Speaker Series,” said Dr. James D. Evans, president of Lindenwood. “With a wide array of speakers and topics, this series is in keeping with our goal to establish this university as a true republic of shared ideas. We hope that the community takes advantage of the opportunity presented by these events that are open to the public.”
The schedule continues later this month:
• Saturday, October 18, 2008, 4 p.m., Butler Library–Kristie Wolferman, author. Wolferman has written numerous books, including “The Indomitable Mary Easton Sibley,” which tells the story of Lindenwood’s founder. She will discuss her book and Mary Easton Sibley.
• Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, 8 p.m., Lindenwood University Cultural Center–Beat Generation Poets David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg. These two outstanding and renowned poets and authors will discuss the American cultural phenomenon known as beat poetry.
• Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, 7 p.m., Spellmann Center–Ross Terrill, expert on East Asia. Terrill, the author of nine books and a China specialist and research associate at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, will speak on the future of China.
• Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, 7 p.m., Lindenwood Center–Dr. Michael Trimble. As an archeologist working on the mass graves project in Iraq, Trimble was the chief U.S. witness in the war crimes trial of Saddam Hussein and other members of his regime. He will talk about his experiences and the war in Iraq. His speech is co-sponsored by Lindenwood and the Greater Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
• Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, 4 p.m., Spellmann Center–Fran Noonan, regional director of the U.S. Peace Corps. Noonan, who works out of Washington University as a Peace Corps recruiter for the St. Louis area, will speak on helping others abroad.
• Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 7 p.m., Sibley Chapel, Dr. Cindy Lovell, an associate professor at Quincy University, will speak on "The Controversies of Huckleberry Finn." Lovell has been selected to write an encyclopedia on Mark Twain entitled "All Things Twain: An Encyclopedia of Twain's World."
• Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 7 p.m., Spellmann Center–Courtney Dowdall, doctoral student at Florida International University. Dowdall, who has been working to improve the standard of living for agricultural workers in Guatemala, will speak on fair trade issues and Guatemalan coffee workers.
• Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7 p.m., Spellmann Center–Jodi Cobb, National Geographic photographer. Cobb’s photographs from around the world have been seen in National Geographic and numerous books. She will speak on 21st century slavery.
For more information about any of these events, contact Paul Huffman at 636-949-4823.