Texas Tech President’s Office Announces Spring 2007 Offerings for Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

Event brings educational opportunities to community.

Beginning in February, Texas Tech’s Office of the President offers the Spring 2007 program for the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series. The series was created to enrich the lives of Texas Tech University students and the Lubbock community.

Programs ranging from opera to literature and education to the pursuit of "Happyness" 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.

"Our aim is to enrich the intellectual and cultural atmosphere on campus," said Mary Jane Hurst, performance series organizer and faculty assistant to the president. "All events have an academic connection. 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."

Public events in the Spring 2007 series include:

• Engaging Young Readers: A Festival of Authors and Ideas: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 16-17. Times and locations to be announced. Nine authors, illustrators and editors of books for children and young adults will give feature presentations on reading, literacy and books for younger readers. The festival also will have break-out sessions with Texas Tech authors and faculty. A complete schedule is available at www.educ.ttu.edu/edll/literaturefestival. Registration is $10 and due by Feb. 12. Optional boxed lunches available for $7. Call Teresa Neal at 742-1998 ext. 430 for reservations. Presented with the College of Education and the Texas Tech University Press.

• John Churchill on the Values of a Liberal Arts Education: April 11, Times and locations to be announced later. Churchill, the executive secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will discuss the role of the liberal arts in today’s educational system. Free and open to the public. Presented with Phi Beta Kappa in conjunction with the formal installation of Texas Tech University’s newly-awarded Phi Beta Kappa Chapter.

• A Night at the Opera: – 7:30 p.m., April 22, Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building on the Texas Tech campus. The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers will perform a selection of arias and Broadway songs. A reception follows the event. Free and open to the public. Presented with the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

• Chris Gardner on "Happyness": – 2 p.m., April 26, lecture hall 202 of the Rawls College of Business on the Texas Tech campus. Author and subject of the film "The Pursuit of Happyness," rags-to-riches businessman Chris Gardner will speak with reception and book signing to follow. Free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Mary Jane Hurst, faculty assistant to the president, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2121 or maryjane.hurst@ttu.edu.