IPFW Announces 2010-2011 Omnibus Lecture Season

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Press release from IPFW:

IPFW Announces 2010-2011 Omnibus Lecture Season

(August 17, 2010) – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Omnibus Lecture Series, featuring nationally recognized speakers, celebrates its sixteenth season of offering free lectures to the public.

2010-2011 OmniBus speakers.

Sean Astin, actor and activist
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
On Acting, Leadership and Other “Very Important” Stuff

Actor Sean Astin will always be “Mikey” in the popular classic, The Goonies, and will forever be remembered for portraying Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yet, the film for which he is singularly identified is Rudy—the 1993 box office hit featuring him as a working-class dreamer and inspirational underdog in the Fighting Irish football program at Notre Dame. Astin has acted in more than 70 films, directed and produced an Academy Award-nominated short film, and written a New York Times bestseller—There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale.

Ken Auletta, media commentator
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Googled: The Future of Media

Author and media columnist for The New Yorker, Ken Auletta is “the James Bond of the media world,” wrote Business Week, “a man who combines the probing mind and easy charm of a top intelligence agent with the glamour that benefits the holder of a high-profile job.” In his award-winning “Annals of Communications,” Auletta profiles media personalities. “The Lost Tycoon,” a story about Ted Turner, won the National Magazine Award. Auletta’s new book, Googled: The End of The World As We Know It, is a New York Times business bestseller. He has written four other national bestsellers and has published articles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial journalist
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Too Big to Fail

New York Times chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and columnist, Andrew Ross Sorkin, is a leading voice about Wall Street and corporate America. He is founder and editor of DealBook, an online daily financial news service published by The Times. Sorkin’s New York Times recent bestseller, Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves, is the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the financial crisis developed into a global tsunami. The Economist, The Financial Times and Business Week all named Too Big to Fail one of the best books of the year. New York Magazine described Sorkin as “the
most famous financial journalist of his generation.”

Rick Steves, travel writer
Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Perspectives on Adventure, Culture, and a Changing World

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series, Rick Steves’ Europe, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals.” He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe—and Europeans—for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay. In his 2009 book, Travel as a Political Act, Steves suggests how travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. During the past 20 years, Steves has produced over 100 travel shows for public television. He hosts the popular weekly radio program Travel with Rick Steves and is a syndicated newspaper columnist with Tribune Media Services.

Patrick Henry Hughes, accomplished musician
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Achieving Your Potential

Patrick Henry Hughes is a remarkable young man. He was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes or the ability to fully straighten his arms or legs. Despite overwhelming challenges, Hughes started playing the piano at the age of nine months. Today he is a virtuoso pianist, trumpet player, and vocalist. In his book titled I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams, he recounts life lessons that are at the heart of his success. Hughes has appeared on Oprah, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the Grand Ole Opry.

Tom Rush and Country Joe McDonald, legendary songwriters
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Activism: Then and Now

In a moderated format with acoustic musical elements, Tom Rush and Country Joe McDonald discuss how music was used as an outlet for social commentary and protest in the 1960s, and society’s response to national issues today. Rush helped shape the folk music revival in the ’60s and its renaissance in the ’80s and ’90s. McDonald’s music straddles the two polar events of the ’60s —Woodstock and the Vietnam War. Both qualify as legends, and they are two of the best known names from the ’60s rock era still performing.


The Astin lecture is the only presentation this season that will require tickets. ALL TICKETS ARE FREE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING MONDAY, AUGUST 30. Tickets MUST be picked up in person at the Schatzlein Box Office in the lobby of The Rhinehart Music Center, Monday through Friday, noon-6:30 p.m. Tickets will hold seats until 7:15 p.m. on the day of the event. Thereafter, all unoccupied seats will be released for stand-by patrons.

IPFW is grateful for the support of the Omnibus Lecture series founding sponsor, the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation, and media sponsors WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 and Northeast Indiana Public Radio. Additionally, 2010-2011 lecture cosponsors include Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, WFWA PBS 39, NIPR, and Anthony Wayne Services.

Each lecture will be held on the IPFW campus in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the events and parking is free. However, due to campus construction affecting access to and parking near the Rhinehart Music Center, patrons are advised to arrive early, allowing additional time for traffic and parking.

The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center is located on the north end of campus in the arts plaza next to the Ernest E. Williams Theatre and the Visual Arts Building, and behind the Medical Education Center.

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