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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Tell Lyceum Lecture Series committee who you want to meet

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 5, 2013 at 6:05 a.m.


The Victoria College Lyceum Lecture Series has brought amazing, knowledgeable speakers to Victoria and the Crossroads for years. Every year, some of the best and brightest speakers in many different fields come and share their knowledge and experience with us.

Now, the Victoria College Lyceum Committee is asking for members of the community to share their ideas for who should be part of the 2014-15 lecture series.

This is an exciting opportunity for residents to share their desire to meet and listen to some nationally and internationally recognized experts in person.

This year's series featured nationally known blogger Jennifer Worick, New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade, youth advocate Wes Moore and one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots, Missy Cummings. Wade was a selection made based on a recommendation from a member of the community.

This opportunity is something the community should take advantage of, and the staff of the Victoria Advocate have a few suggestions of our own:

Walter Williams: Williams is one of our regular syndicated columnists on the Viewpoints page. He is a professor of economics at George Mason University, located near Washington, D.C. His columns offer an interesting blend of conservative values coupled with an emphasis on minority issues. Williams is one of the Advocate's more popular columnists, and we would love the opportunity to hear him speak in person about the topics he writes about every week.

John Green: Green is the New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction novels including "Looking For Alaska" and "The Fault in Our Stars." He and his brother, Hank, are also the creators of the vlogBrothers YouTube channel, creators of the Emmy-winning web series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," the creators of the "Crash Course" short-format educational video series and more. Green would offer a perspective on the cultural shift to online content in our society and how it can be a positive factor.

Sarah Fontenot: Fontenot is a nurse and attorney who spoke Wednesday night at Citizens Medical Center about the Affordable Care Act. The event was well-attended, and we think it would be a good idea to bring her back to further discuss the health care industry and the recent changes Americans have seen. Health care is an important part of our society, and the more educated Americans are, the better.

These are three strong candidates for the 2014-15 Lyceum Lecture Series. We encourage members of the community to share their ideas for speakers or topics with the committee by emailing Lyceum@VictoriaCollege.edu by Jan. 31.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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