Garrison Keillor to Kick Off Presidential Lecture and Performance Series

Texas Tech University’s fall 2010 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series kicks off Oct. 24 with Garrison Keillor, renowned storyteller and host of “The Prairie Home Companion.”

Written by Kate Lepard

Texas Tech University’s fall 2010 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series kicks off Oct. 24 with Garrison Keillor, renowned storyteller and host of “The Prairie Home Companion.”

Keillor is best known for his dry sense of humor and comical anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest. He is the first of three distinguished guests who will star in the series.

“One of the goals of the series is to headline stellar talent in the area of the arts,” said Jo Moore, administrator in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “These talented individuals represent the world of the literary arts, music and journalism. Patrons can expect laughter from Garrison Keillor, exquisite musicality from Nnenna Freelon and thought-provoking global insight from Joel Kotkin.”

Frellon, a six-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz vocalist, will follow Keillor on Nov. 19.  Hailed as the “international voice of jazz,” Freelon has electrified a variety of audiences in performances at venues including Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl. 

The fall series will conclude Dec. 1 with a presentation from Joel Kotkin, the internationally recognized author of“The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050.”

Kotkin will lecture on global, economic, political and social trends, demonstrating the series’ commitment to cutting-edge thought and community engagement.

All performances will begin at 7 p.m. at the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building (SUB) on the Texas Tech campus.

Tickets for each event are $12 for general admission through Select-A-Seat and free for students with a valid ID at the SUB ticket booth.

For more information, visit the 2010-2011 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series website.

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CONTACT: Jo Moore, administrator, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700 or jo.moore@ttu.edu.