Distinguished Lecture Series

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, Mike Huckabee, Dr. Jared Diamond and Sally Ride.

For more information about the Distinguished Lecture Series, contact:

Dr. Emily Kinsky
Head of the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee
(806) 651-2412

Upcoming DLS Events

Distinguished Lecture Series Spanish Translators Lisa Dillman and Gregary Racz

"Spanish Literacy Translation in Motion"
with Lisa Dillman and Gregary J. Racz

April 4, 2022 

Translation Workshop
12:30 p.m.
CC 316

Translation Discussion and Reading
6:30 p.m.
FAC Recital Hall

DLS Speaker Steve Burns

"What Happened to Steve?"
with Steve Burns, the first host of Blue's Clues

April 5, 2022

7 p.m.
Legacy Hall and livestream (livestream registration link)

DLS Speaker Red Steagall

“Values of the Cow Country Told in Story, Verse and Song”
with cowboy poet Red Steagall
(part of CSAW’s Nall Lecture Series)

April 7, 2022

7 p.m.
Legacy Hall and livestream (livestream registration link)

DLS Speaker Dr. Gregory Wood

“Anti-Union Workers and Conservative Backlash Politics During the 1937 Sit-Down Strikes”
with Dr. Gregory J. Wood

April 14, 2022

6 p.m.
Blackburn Room, Cornette Library
(livestream registration link)

Past DLS Events

Dr. Pete Roos
“Airborne Lasers: Making Methane Emissions Reduction Simple”

February 10, 2022 
12:30 p.m.
Legacy Hall

Hosted by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages

Co-hosted by the Center for the Study of the American West, Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, College of Engineering, and Department of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Ruth Pasquine
"Emil Bisttram, Dynamic Symmetry, and the Southwest"

September 21, 2021
7 p.m.

Hosted by the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance, PPHM and CSAW

Dr. Ruth Pasquine
Lecture & Demonstration of Dynamic Symmetry

September 22, 2021
12:15-2:45 p.m.
Zoom and MMNH 189

Hosted by the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance

10th Annual Helen Piehl Distinguished Lecture

Rick Lavoie
"Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorders: Exploring and Explaining the Link"

September 25, 2021
9:30 a.m. to noon

Hosted by the Center for Learning Disabilities

Stephen Aron
"Peace and Friendship: An Alternative History of the American West"

September 30, 2021
7 p.m.
Legacy Hall and Zoom

Hosted by the Center for the Study of the American West

Alessandra Narváez Varela & Casandra López
"Latinx Poetry and the Crises of America"

October 12, 2021
12:30-1:30 CST; 6:30-7:30 CST

Hosted by the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, WT Spanish Program, CSAW

Dr. Jennifer Stoll
"Beyond Economic Impact: How Sports Events Contribute to Community"

October 13, 2021
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Fairly Group Club, Buffalo Stadium

Hosted by the Department of Sports and Exercise Science

Arthur T. Benjamin
"Mathemagics!: Math in the Digital Age"

October 27, 2021
6 p.m.

Hosted by CIDM, Association of Latino Professionals (ALPFA) and Department of Mathematics

The Dorothy Patterson Poetry Series: Internationally known performance poet Ray McNiece

November 3, 2021
7 p.m.
Legacy Hall

Hosted by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages

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.