Advocate editorial board opinion: College presentations top excellence in Crossroads

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 5, 2011 at 2:05 a.m.

One of the best deals in Victoria is Victoria College's Lyceum Lecture Series.

Last season, the lectures were well attended, some filling the 1,000-plus seating in the Victoria College Auditorium.

Not only do attendees get to hear famous authors, writers, baseball players, cartoonists, scientists, philanthropists, war heroes, Pulitzer Prize winners, playwrights and others talk about important issues that concern us all, the lectures are free. That's correct, all one has to do is go attend. You won't be disappointed and will walk away more informed with special knowledge.

This coming season - the 2011-2012 series, the series' 37th season - promises to continue the excellence and quality of speakers: Kevin Roberts, a best-selling cookbook author who has appeared on CBS's "Early Show" and the "Next Food Network Star" - Sept. 29; Michael Durant, pilot whose story was partially retold in the movie "Black Hawk Down" - Nov. 17; Rebecca Kiessling, pro-life advocate, whose personal story as an almost aborted child, makes one appreciate life on a different level - Feb. 7; and Temple Grandin, whose story about overcoming autism and becoming an animal scientist, will give many hope and serve as an example of how people can overcome obstacles - April 5.

Also, in addition to the free lectures, audience members get a chance to ask questions at the end.

We thank the eight-member college Lyceum Committee for its hard work in researching hundreds of speakers before narrowing the field to settle on the four speakers for the series.

And we praise Victoria College for providing funds in its operating budget to present these speakers to the Crossroads audience. The college always welcomes the opportunity to partner with other organizations and private supporters to sponsor the lecturers.

We urge all to attend these lectures. These are some of the best presentations that Victoria offers ... for free.

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



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