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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 5, 2011

NPR correspondent to give lecture at Northwest Oct. 12

Dina Temple-Raston, a long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News and a counterterrorism reporter for NPR News since 2007, will share her experiences Wednesday, Oct. 12, as the first featured lecturer of Northwest Missouri State University's 2011-12 Distinguished Lecture Series.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The public also is invited to a meet-and-greet reception with Temple-Raston from 5 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. at KXCV, a National Public Radio affiliate based on the Northwest campus, on the second floor of Wells Hall.

As part of Northwest's Distinguished Lecture series, Temple-Raston is the featured speaker of this year's James H. Lemon Lecture. The Lemon Lecture is funded through the generosity of Beatrice E. Hansen, who graduated from Northwest in 1936. The program is named in honor of James H. Lemon, her grandfather and a founder of the Fifth District Normal School, which is now Northwest Missouri State University.

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.

As a broadcast journalist with expertise in Middle East politics and terrorism, Temple-Raston's lecture will appeal to a broad cross-section of students and employees at Northwest as well as community members, said Aaron Johnson, an assistant professor of geosciences who is the chair of this year's Distinguished Lecture Series.

"As a campus with vigorous and well-regarded programs in mass communication and broadcast journalism, bringing a journalist to campus is a logical fit," Johnson said. "We also felt that given the presence of the 1-129th Field Artillery Regiment in Maryville, having a person who is an expert in Middle East issues would appeal to a broad segment of our community, many of whom have family members or are family members of those who place themselves in harm's way in our national fight against terrorism."

The Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Campus Activities, 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.

The 2011-12 series continues with Vice President of the Missouri State Board of Education Rev. Stanley Archie Thursday, Nov. 10, education leader Todd Whitaker Feb. 29, 2012, and best-selling author T.C. Boyle Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468