College Q&A: Lyceum speakers announced

By Katy Long
Sept. 22, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.

I look forward to Victoria College's Lyceum Lectures every year. Could you tell me who the speakers are going to be this season?

Victoria College is proud to offer a diverse schedule of speakers for the 2012-2013 Lyceum Lecture Series.

Award-winning investigative reporter Rick Shenkman will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Shenkman's topic is, "Election 2012, Presidential Politics and American Myths." Editor and founder of the History News Network, Shenkman is also a New York Times best-selling author of five history books, including "Legends, Lies and Cherished Myths of American History." He also appears regularly as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Meteorologist Reed Timmer will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, at the VISD Fine Arts Center. His topic is, "Extreme Storm Chasing." One of the world's most successful storm-chasers, Timmer has intercepted more than 250 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes during the past decade. He is one of the few people in the world to document both an F5 tornado and the most devastating hurricane in U.S. history - Hurricane Katrina.

Sherman Alexie, author and humorist on society and pop culture, will speak at noon Feb. 7 in the VISD Fine Arts Center. His topic is, "Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World." Native-American Alexie was named one of "The New Yorker's" 20 top writers for the 21st century. In addition to publishing numerous award-winning books, Alexie has also written, produced and directed several films that feature a humorous look at society and pop culture.

Mary Lightfine, a nurse who has spent years bringing critical medical and humanitarian assistance to some of the most dangerous, war-torn regions on the globe, will speak at 7 p.m. April 9 in the VISD Fine Arts Center. Her topic is, "Nurse Without Boundaries." In 1999, she was among those distinguished members of Doctors Without Borders to have been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.

To complement this season's schedule, the VC Bookstore will sell books written by each speaker. Bookstore hours are from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

You may also access the 2012-13 Lyceum Lecture Series schedule by visiting the webpage at

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