Distinguished Lecture Series

WT Distinguished Lecture Series

WTAMU’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) 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.

In addition to offering funding support for visits by subject-matter experts to expand the work of our colleges and departments, the Distinguished Lecture Series at WT has brought world reknown guests to campus through the years to inspire and enlighten students, faculty and the community. Topics are varied, and guest speakers have included Dr. Temple Grandin, Astronaut Mark Kelly, Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton, President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, Astronaut Sally Ride, Steve Burns of "Blue's Clues," actress and author Anna Deavere Smith, and author George Saunders.

Maya Angelou

Spring 2024 Events


Kathryn Pilkington

Kathryn Sydell Pilkington co-founder of Company E

“Creating Connections: Dance, Film, and the Art of Cultural Diplomacy”

Date: Thursday, Jan. 25

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall

Hosted by: Crystal Bertrand, the WT Dance Program within the Department of Art, Theatre, and Dance 

Janel Pineda
Sara Uribe

Janel Pineda & Sara Uribe, poets

“Dreaming America through Latinx Poetry”

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6

Discussion on Writing and Poetry

Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Blackburn Room of the Cornette Library 

Poetry Reading

Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall 

Hosted by: Dr. Andrew Reynolds, the WT Spanish Program within the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages

Audrey Wright

Audrey Wright, violinist

"Voices of the Violin” Lecture and Recital

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall 

Hosted by: Evgeny Zvonnikov, WT School of Music

George Saunders

George Saunders, author

Date: Thursday, April 4

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Legacy Hall

Hosted in partnership with Amarillo College's Creative Mind Lecture Series and the Center for the Study of the American West’s Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies

Fall 2023 Lectures


WT Distinguished Lecture Series Aaron A. Abeyta

Aaron A. Abeyta

"An Evening of Poetry Featuring Award-Winning Poet and Author Aaron A. Abeyta"

September 11

6:00 p.m.
Legacy Hall

Sponsored by:

WT Distinguished Lecture Series
Office for Engaged Citizenship
Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages
Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW)

WT Distinguished Lecture Series Sandra Lopez

Sandra Lopez

"Career Empowerment and Leadership Through Diversity, Respect and Inclusion"

October 4

Alumni Banquet Hall (lunch included)

Main Sponsors: 

WT Distinguished Lecture Series 
Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business 
Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) 


Women in Business (WIB)
Buff Analytics
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Hispanic Student Association (HSA)

WT Distinguished Lecture Series Dr. Jack Fletcher

Dr. Jack M. Fletcher, 11th Annual Helen Piehl Distinguished Lecture

"The Reading Brain: Understanding the Science of Dyslexia"

October 5

8:30 a.m. - noon
Legacy Hall and online

Main sponsors:

Helen Piehl
WT Distinguished Lecture Series
Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences

WT Distinguished Lecture Series Chad Abushanab

Chad Abushanab

"The Dorothy Patterson Poetry Series Presents Chad Abushanab"


6 p.m. (time updated)
Legacy Hall

WT Distinguished Lecture Series Dan Flores

Dan Flores
Center for the Study of the American West's Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies

"Wild New World"

November 2

7 p.m.
Legacy Hall


Dr. Emily Kinsky
Chair, Distinguished Lecture Series
(806) 651-2412