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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 17, 2010

TOMS Shoes founder, senator's daughter highlight 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University has announced its 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series, which features a Pulitzer Prize-nominated finance expert, the founder of TOMS Shoes, a critically-acclaimed poet and playwright, and the daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain.

The objective of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Provost's Office, the series offers the campus and Maryville communities opportunities to hear from extraordinary individuals around the globe. Scholars, world travelers and leaders in their fields visit the Northwest campus to share their wisdom, insight and experiences.

"This year, each of our presenters will bring a unique perspective of the world through their impactful work, and you will leave each of the lectures inspired, impacted and committed to your own personal change," Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott said. "In selecting presenters for the series, we strive to ensure their message can be integrated into the classroom through their books, written articles, blogs and other learning opportunities. It's very important that the Distinguished Lecture Series is interdisciplinary and that our guests' messages can reach across multiple academic fields."

Provost Doug Dunham said the Distinguished Lecture Series is a perfect example of how curricular and co-curricular experiences intersect and contribute to students' success.

"Over the past two years, Angel has been working hard with our faculty to identify speakers who could add value to our academic experience and who could interact with our students and faculty," Dunham said. "Our faculty and students have a unique opportunity to listen to and dialogue with some creative, innovative people, and I encourage them all to take advantage of this."

The 2010-11 series, which consists of four lectures, begins Sept. 27.

  • Anya Kamenetz (8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27; Charles Johnson Theatre)
    A Pulitzer Prize nominee for her online column "Generation Debt," Kamenetz is a personal finance expert for Yahoo! Finance and author of " DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education."
  • Blake Mycoskie (7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6; Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)
    Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes. The company's one for one philosophy states, "For every pair of shoes that we sell, we give a pair away to a child in need." By the end of 2009, the company had given away more than 500,000 pairs of shoes. Co-sponsored by Student Activities Council
  • Al Letson (8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7; Charles Johnson Theatre)
    Host of " State of the Re:Union," a 12-part multimedia program distributed by NPR, critically-acclaimed poet and playwright. Emphasizing what small-town residents and city dwellers alike are doing to create community and transcend differences, Letson's program has been celebrated for its focus on the state of American culture and cooperation. In conjunction with African American History Month
  • Meghan McCain (8 p.m., Monday, March 14, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts)
    Political columnist, author and award-winning blogger. The daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain, Meghan launched to give Americans a real sense of life behind-the-scenes on the campaign trail. The blog has been recognized with two distinguished awards in politics: The Golden Dot Award for Best Blog, and two Pollie Awards from the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals. Meghan also published " My Dad, John McCain ," an illustrated children's book that brings her father's heroic story to life before young eyes. Meghan is currently working on a highly-anticipated book, " Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story ," chronicling her personal journey across the American political landscape, to be published by Hyperion in August 2010. In conjunction with Women's History Month.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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