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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 15, 2011

Northwest announces 2011-12 Distinguished Lecture Series

Northwest Missouri State University has announced its 2011-12 Distinguished Lecture Series, which features a NPR foreign affairs correspondent, the vice president of the Missouri State Board of Education and a best-selling author.

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

"What we really want is to integrate academics with speakers who are inspiring, and at the same time bring members of the community to the campus to see what our students are doing and hear the great things the speakers have to share," said Aaron Johnson, an assistant professor of geosciences who is the chair of this year's Distinguished Lecture Series. "The big thing is to get our students to recognize the connection between the things they study and the world they live in, and to communicate those connections not to students but to people in the community that supports our institution every day."

The 2011-12 series consists of three lectures and begins Oct. 12. A fourth lecture may be added during the spring trimester.

Dina Temple-Raston
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12; Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts
A long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, Temple-Raston also served as Bloomberg News' White House correspondent during both Clinton administrations and currently reports about counterterrorism at home and abroad for NPR News. She is the award-winning author of "A Death in Texas" which won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was chosen as one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2002. Her second book, "Justice in the Grass: Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes, and a Nation's Quest for Redemption," was a Foreign Affairs magazine best-seller.

Rev. Stanley Archie
7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10; Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts (Ploghoft Diversity Lecture)
Archie serves as the vice president of the Missouri State Board of Education. He also serves as board chairman of the Kansas City Leadership Foundation and owner and principal consultant with Successful Edge Consultants. In 2008, Archie was chosen by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to serve on a NASBE task force to formulate state policies to reform middle schools. He is senior pastor of the Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo.

T.C. Boyle
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14; Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts (Visiting Writer's Series)
Boyle is the best-selling author of 22 books of fiction, including, most recently, "When the Killing's Done," "Wild Child" and "The Women." His work has been translated into more than two dozen languages and his stories have appeared in numerous major American magazines. Boyle has been the recipient of a number of literary awards including the PEN/Faulkner prize for best novel of the year. He is a distinguished professor of English at the University of Southern California.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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