Distinguished Lecture Series

IMPORTANT NOTE: All WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series events through the end of the spring semester are suspended in accordance with the university-wide policy in wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Some events may be re-scheduled for a later date.

Temple Grandin speaks at WTAMU

Distinguished Lecture Series

DLS Events for 2019-2020

FALL 2019

Date: September 9, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall
Host: Sports and Exercise Sciences Department
Speaker: Dr. C. Keith Harrison
Topic: "The Scholar-Baller® Identity at WT (1988-90): Academics, Athletics, Social Life, and Career Development”

Date: September 24, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall
Host: Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Speaker: Mallory Whitfield
Topic: "Towards Together for a Kinder & Inclusive World" (part of Diversity Week)

Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: FAC Recital Hall (additional poetry writing discussion will be held in the Blackburn Room of Cornette Library at 1:30)
Host: WT Spanish Program
Speaker:  Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and Jenn Givhan
Topic: Literature, Language, and Loss

Date: October 14, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: FAC Recital Hall
Host: Buff Allies
Speaker: Greg Petruska, NBC Universal
Topic: "Living OUT Loud in a Quiet on the Set World"; Buff Allies LGBTQIA History Month

Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall
Host: Dr. Alex Hunt/CSAW
Speaker: José E. Limón
Topic: CSAW Nall Lecture: "Streets of Laredo"; dessert reception to follow

Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: FAC Recital Hall
Host: Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages
Speaker: 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton
Topic: A Poetry Reading

SPRING 2020

Date: February 17, 2020
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall
Host: Department of Communication
Speaker: Zenobia Harris Bivens, keynote for Communication Week 2020

Date: February 18, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall
Host: Distinguished Lecture Series
Speaker: Temple Grandin 

Date: February 26, 2020
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall
Host: Dr. Kris Drumheller
Speaker: Joanne Bland
Topic: "Stories of Struggle: Segregation & Civil Rights in the South"

Date: March 2, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Old Main 220
Host: Dr. Timothy Foster, Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages
Speaker: film screening and discussion with Almudena Carracedo, Emmy-award-winning filmmaker and director of The Silence of Others [El silencio de otros is in Spanish with English subtitles]

Date: March 4, 2020
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Classroom Center 310
Host: Dr. Timothy Foster, Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages
Speaker: Almudena Carracedo, Emmy-award-winning filmmaker and director of The Silence of Others
Topic: "Speaking up for Human Rights Through Film"

Date: March 9, 2020
Time: 5 p.m. book signing/reception; 6 p.m. lecture
Location: FAC Recital Hall
Host: Dr. Amy Von Lintel
Speaker: Mark Forgy
Topic: "An Art Forger Revealed: The Myth, Mystery, and Legacy of Elmyr de Hory"

Date: March 11, 2020
Time: 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
Location: Blackburn Room, Cornette Library
Host: Dr. Bonnie Roos, Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Cornish
Topic: "Fashion on the Ration: The Language of Clothes in British Wartime Domestic Propaganda"

Date: March 26, 2020 SUSPENDED
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Blackburn Room, Cornette Library
Host: CSAW
Speaker: Ramona Emerson
Topic: Q&A with director of "Mayors of Shiprock"

Date: March 26, 2020 SUSPENDED
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Hazlewood Room, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Host: CSAW
Speaker: Ramona Emerson
Topic: CSAW Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies: Ramona Emerson's "Mayors of Shiprock"

Date: March 27, 2020 BEING RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2020
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Alumni Banquet Hall
Host: Buff $mart
Speaker: Colin Ryan
Topic: "A Comedic Guide to Money"

Date: March 31, 2020 SUSPENDED
Time: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Location: JBK Legacy Hall
Host: Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Speaker: Jennifer Stoll, Ph.D., CSEE
Topic: "Beyond Economic Impact: How Sports Events Contribute to Community"

Date: April 2, 2020 SUSPENDED
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Alumni Banquet Hall
Host: Sgt. Barbara Ferrara
Speaker: Delaney Henderson, Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff Event

Date: May 15, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: JBK Maroon Room
Host: Dr. Nabarun Ghosh
Speaker: Partha P. Sinha, McCann India
Topic: "A.E. is the new A.I."

Call 806-651-2470 for more information about DLS programs.


WTAMU’s Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2007 to enhance education in the classroom. A portion of the student activity fee funds the series, and committee members strive to select speakers who appeal to a broad spectrum of the student body. The mission of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to invite persons of national prominence to the WTAMU campus in order to expose our students to some of the most important issues of our times.

The Distinguished Lecture Series at WTAMU has brought some big names to campus through the years to inspire and enlighten students, faculty and the community. Topics are varied, and guest speakers have included Astronaut Mark Kelly, President Bill Clinton, Elie Wiesel, Maya Angelou, Karl Rove, Bob Woodward, Mike Huckabee, Dr. Jared Diamond and Sally Ride.

For more information about the Distinguished Lecture Series, contact:
Dr. Brian Ingrassia
Head of the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee
(806) 651-2470
bingrassia@wtamu.edu

Faculty and Staff

The application form to request funding for speakers may be found on WTAcess, Forms, Miscellaneous, Distinguished Lecture Series,

Deadlines for applications are April 1 for Fall semester, and October 1 for Spring semester.

Applications may be submitted prior to any deadline for either the Fall or Spring semester. Applications submitted prior to the deadlines will be given priority. Other applications may be considered on a rolling basis as funds are available.

Distinguished Lecture Series Stephen Graham Jones