Distinguished Lecture Series

WT Distinguished Lecture Series Maya Angelou

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.

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 Dr. Temple Grandin, Astronaut Mark Kelly, Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton, President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, Karl Rove, Dr. Jared Diamond, Astronaut Sally Ride, and Steve Burns of "Blue's Clues." 

Spring 2023 DLS Schedule

Information will be updated below as additional details become available.


Dr.Oh Headshot

Dr. Chuyun Oh, Associate Professor, San Diego State University

"K-Pop Dance"

March 9

6:30 p.m.
FAC Recital Hall

Hosted by Dr. Min Wha Han, Department of Communication

Dr. Oh is the author of K-pop Dance: Fandoming Yourself on Social Media (Routledge, 2023).


Dr. Jacqueline Avila, Associate Professor of Musicology, Univeristy of Texas

"Listening to Nostalgia in Contemporary Mexican Media"

Thursday, March 23 [changed from Wednesday due to flight]

6:30 p.m.
Blackburn Reading Room, Cornette Library [changed from FAC Recital Hall]

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

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith, actress and playwright

Distinguished Lecture Series Headliner Event of 2023

April 4

7:00 p.m.
Legacy Hall or Zoom

Hosted by DLS Committee

Lt. Barbara Ferrara

Lt. Barbara Ferrara

Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff Event 2023 (Start By Believing Campaign Relaunch)

April 10

6:00 p.m.
Legacy Hall

Hosted by University Police Department

Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke, podcaster

Host of The World of Lore with Aaron Mahnke podcast

April 13

6:00 p.m.
Legacy Hall

Hosted by Stephanie Price, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum


Theodore Waddell

Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies
Center for the Study of the American West

April 20

7:00 p.m.
Amarillo Museum of Art
2200 S. Van Buren in Amarillo

Hosted by Dr. Alex Hunt, Center for the Study of the American West


José Limón and Rebecca VanDiver

Space Between Conference

June 9

Hosted by Dr. Bonnie Roos (Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages) and Dr. Amy Von Lintel (Department of Art, Theatre and Dance)

Featured Lectures Highlight

Enjoy this highlight reel from the past two seasons of the Distinguished Lecture Series.


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