Texas Tech President's Office to Host Lecture and Performance Series to Enrich University, Community

DATE: Sept. 5, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

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 maryjane.hurst@ttu.edu.