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Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Announces 13th Season

Amanda Castro-Crist

August 2, 2018


Climate Science Center director Katharine Hayhoe will open the season, which runs from October to April, with a panel discussion on climate change solutions.

Katharine Hayhoe, a professor of political science in the College of Arts & Sciences and director of the Climate Science Center  at Texas Tech University, will open the 13th season of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series (PLPS) on Oct. 12 with a panel discussion on climate change solutions by industry leaders in the fields of conventional energy, free market advocacy and policy, and clean energy. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building.

Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters, was recognized by Time Magazine in 2014 as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the World and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2016, she was named to Politico Magazine's 50 list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics, and in 2017 as one of Fortune Magazine's world's greatest leaders.

Her work was featured on Showtime's Emmy award-winning documentary series, "The Years of Living Dangerously," and she won the American Geophysical Union's award for climate communication. Hayhoe is a lead author for the U.S. National Climate Assessments and has served on the panels for the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and other professional organizations devoted to understanding and communicating climate change. She has a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Toronto and master's and doctoral degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois.

The panel discussion will include three experts on climate change solutions in the fields of conventional energy, clean energy and free market advocacy and policy:

  • Joey Hall, executive vice president of Permian Basin Operations, Pioneer Natural Resources. Hall, a conventional energy expert, earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech and is a registered professional engineer. In 2016, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Petroleum Engineering Academy.
  • Bob Inglis, executive director, Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University. Inglis, a free-market advocate and policy expert, promotes free enterprise action on climate change and was presented the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He has appeared in the film, "Merchants of Doubt," the series "The Years of Living Dangerously," and represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina as a U.S. Representative from 1993-1998 and 2004-2010.
  • Michael Webber, professor of mechanical engineering, the University of Texas at Austin. Webber, a clean energy expert, trains the next generation of energy leaders through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy and commercialization. He is the deputy director of the Energy Institute, a Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator and is on the advisory board for Scientific American. He holds four patents and has authored more than 300 publications.

A book signing will follow the discussion.

Other events planned for the PLPS this season are:

Gina Chavez
Gina Chavez
  • Gina Chavez (Nov. 16): A multi-ethnic Latin pop singer, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR's All Things Considered, and she won the Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her Spanish-language anthem, "Siete-D." The song describes her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador, where she and her partner founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas. Chavez and her band have performed in eight countries, touring as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department. A CD signing will follow the performance.
Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
  • Ruthie Foster (Feb. 22): A vocal powerhouse with roots in the rural town of Gause, Texas, Foster is the winner of seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics' Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year and a three-time Best Blues Album Grammy nominee. Her unique vocal capabilities have been influenced by the worship services at her community church and artists like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin. A CD signing will follow the performance.
  • BODYTRAFFIC (March 22): The Los Angeles contemporary dance company has been named "the company of the future" by The Joyce Theater Foundation, one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times. Founded in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world and has helped establish Los Angeles as a center for contemporary dance. With its versatile repertoire, the company is internationally recognized as bridging new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts with works by today's most distinctive choreographic voices. The company has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals throughout North America and recently toured Israel and Jordan as part the DanceMotion USA tour, which is produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State.
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Reduced Shakespeare Company
  • Reduced Shakespeare Company (April 12): Since 1981, the company has created 10 world-renowned stage shows, two TV specials, several TV pilots and numerous radio pieces which have been performed, viewed and heard around the world. The company has performed off-Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and London's West End, and in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Singapore and Bermuda. "All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]," the original and timeless classic from the company, is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through The Bard's plays. It was London's longest-running comedy, spending nine years at London's Criterion Theatre. This show is rated PG 13.

All events begin at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre. Tickets are $20 per event or $85 for the season. Members of the public can buy tickets by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000 or going to the website. Texas Tech students receive one free ticket per event with a valid Texas Tech ID at the information desk in the Student Union Building. Tickets are $15 for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members with a valid OLLI ID.

About the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series
Now in its 13th season, the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series has brought more than 60 performers and speakers to the Texas Tech campus. The series supports the three primary, comprehensive areas of focus that comprise the university's strategic plan by including speakers and performers who educate and empower a diverse student body, enable innovative research and creative activities and transform lives and communities through strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.

For more information, visit the series' website or Facebook page.

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