Texas Tech President's Office to Host Lecture and Performance Series to Enrich University,
September 5, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Sept. 5, 2006
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LUBBOCK – To enrich the lives of Texas Tech University students and the Lubbock community,
Texas Tech’s Office of the President offers a new Presidential Lecture & Performance
Series beginning in September 2006.
Programs ranging from modern dance to nonfiction and anthropology will bring leading
scholars and artists from around the country to mingle with Texas Tech’s own distinguished
faculty, students and staff to exchange expertise, research and talents.
“The primary purposes of this series are to enrich the academic experience for our
students, to enhance our academic programs and to provide outreach opportunities between
campus and community,” said Dr. Mary Jane Hurst, performance series organizer and
faculty assistant to the president.
Public events in the Fall 2006 series include:
A Residency by Taylor 2 of New York: Sept. 25-29
• An Address by Wallace Chappell – 7 p.m., Sept. 27, room 169 of the Human Sciences
Building on the Texas Tech campus. Taylor 2 was created by Paul Taylor, who at 75
is described as the most sought-after choreographer working today. Chappell, executive
director of the New York dance company, will discuss contemporary trends in the arts.
Chappell will be introduced by President Jon Whitmore, who will moderate a discussion
following the talk. Free and open to the public.
• Taylor 2 Performance – 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29, Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building
on the Texas Tech campus. The performance opens the newly-renovated Allen Theatre.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7.50 for children and seniors and are available at
the Student Union Ticket Booth or Select-A-Seat. Tickets purchased off-campus will
have additional ticket surcharge. Parking is free. For tickets, contact the Student
Union Ticket Booth at (806) 742-3610, or Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000.
Symposium on Truth in Nonfiction: Oct. 10-11
• Gregory Wolfe – noon, Oct. 10, Student Union Ballroom. Wolfe, author of “Beauty
Will Save the World” and “Art, Faith and the Stewardship of Culture,” will discuss
the intersections of faith, religion, and culture. Attendees can bring their lunch.
Iced tea and dessert provided. Free and open to the public.
• Brenda Wineapple – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, room 001 of the English Building on Texas
Tech campus. Wineapple, author of “Hawthorne: A Life,” will discuss her career in
biographical writing. Wineapple chaired the 2005 National Book Award judging in nonfiction
for the National Book Foundation. Free and open to the public.
• Truth in Nonfiction Panel Discussion – 3:30 p.m., Oct. 11, Merket Alumni Center
on Texas Tech Campus. The 2005 National Book Award nonfiction judges Mark Bowden,
Dennis Covington, Brenda Wineapple and Gregory Wolfe will discuss issues related to
truth in nonfiction and to the assessment of high quality contemporary writing. The
nominees for the 2006 National Book Award in nonfiction will be announced on Oct.
11. Book-signing opportunities will be available at this and other public events in
the symposium. Free and open to the public.
• Mark Bowden – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, room 169 of the Human Sciences Building on Texas
Tech Campus. Bowden, author of “Black Hawk Down” will discuss his adventures as a
journalist and his books and screenplays, including his latest work, “Guests of the
Ayatollah”. Free and open to the public.
President’s Book Award Panel: Nov. 9
• Panel Discussion – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Matador room of the Student Union Building
on Texas Tech campus. Faculty authors Philip A. Dennis, Dorothy Chansky and William
Wenthe will discuss their award-winning books and what it takes to be a writer and
get published. Free and open to the public.
CONTACT: Dr. Mary Jane Hurst, faculty assistant to the president, Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.