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JUNE 6-8, 2017

Tuesday, June 6

Echoes of Vaudeville | 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Vaudeville, a theatrical variety show, had at the core of every show the singing of popular songs. This presentation will feature 14 representative songs of the Vaudeville era.
Presented by
Paul Lehman, Ph.D. – Paul is Professor Emeritus and formerly the Senior Associate Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan.

2017: The 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entry into WWI | 10:30 am to 11:30 am
This lecture will explore: how and why the United States entered WWI, how did American forces take part in the conflict, and how did it change the United States when it was over.
Presented by
David Smith, Ph.D. – David is a senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University. He is the author of several books and numerous essays on history, culture, and politics which regularly appear in national publications.

The Goods, the Bads, and the Uglies of Self Publishing | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
You lean back in your chair staring at the computer screen, the words, The End, sink into your brain. You shout, “I did it! I finished my book!” “Now what,” they ask. “What are you going to do with us?
Presented by
Diane Klutz, Ph.D. – Diane is a retired nursing professor, a Vietnam Veteran, the author of two published books and several professional journal articles. Her writing credits also include short stories and feature articles for the Sun Rays monthly magazine.

The Library of Congress: Not Just a Pile of Books | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
This lecture will reveal the fascinating story of how The Library of Congress came to be. Its purpose, collections, art, and how you can use its resources will be discussed along with a pictorial tour of the Library.
Presented by

Jo Anne Weinberg, M.Ed. – Jo Anne has been a classroom teacher, volunteer researcher at the American History Museum, and a docent and visitor services employee of The Library of Congress. She hold a Master’s degree in education from Texas A&M.

Wednesday, June 7

Water Solutions For Texas | 9:00 am to 10:00 am
In severe drought conditions Texas does not have enough water to meet its growing demand. New emerging technologies to supply additional water will be discussed from seawater desalination to conversion of wastewater into drinking water.
Presented by
Michael Morrison, M.S., P.E., Vice President Freeze and Nichols, Inc. – Mike has more than 45 years of design experience for water and wastewater treatment working in partnership with Texas cities, the TCEQ, and Texas Water Development Board.

What Jane Austen Saw | 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Get ready to time travel! Professor Barchas is the creator of the digital gallery “What Jane Saw” which offers room reconstructions of two public art spectacles witnessed by Jane Austen. Dr. Barchas will give a curator’s tour of both exhibitions.
Presented by
Janine Barchas, Ph.D. – Janine is a Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the creator behind “What Jane Saw” and author of “Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity”.

The Tiger of Malaysia | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The story of the clandestine discovery of the hidden treasure buried on Clark Air Base at the end of WWII by General Yamashita, the “Tiger of Malaysia”. Gold bars were, indeed, found – after a daughter provided information told to her by her father.
Presented by
Sam Smith M.S. – Sam is a recently retired transplant from California. He is a former Fighter Pilot and Engineer.

Why Are Your Prescription Drugs So High? | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
This lecture will focus on the cost of prescription drugs in the US and attempt to explain the root causes behind some of the remarkable increases, and link this information with what is going in the rest of the world, and your pocketbook.
Presented by
Pat Haley, D.V.M., Ph.D. – After more than 25 years in biomedical and pharmaceutical research, Pat recently retired as Vice President of Safety Assessment for Incyte Corp. He is the author of more than 70 scientific publications with a focus on immunotoxicology and immunopathology.

Thursday, June 8

The 2014-2017 Oil Crisis and Its Impact on Exploration | 9:00 am to 10:00 am
This presentation will discuss the oil crisis from 2014 to 2017 and its impact on the future of exploration. The effects on the economy and consumers will also be discussed .
Presented by
Robert Hobbs, M.S. – Robert spent his career in the petroleum industry and recently retired as CEO of TGS Nopec, an international geophysical company. He holds BS and MS geology degrees from Baylor University and the University of Southern California, respectively.

Crypto Currencies | 10:30 am to 11;30 am
Money was originally valuable in and of itself. Later, money became paper, but issuing it was a monopoly of the government. Now, money can be issued by private persons, and may exist only electronically. Is this scientific-economic fiction, or the financial system of the future?
Presented by
Stephen Benold, M.D. – Prior to earning his medical degree, Stephen was the Hayden Honor Scholar in Economics at Rice University. In addition to a career in family medicine, Stephen manages an investment advisory firm.

Directions to our lectures:
Southwestern University is located in Georgetown, a 30 minute drive north of the Texas State Capital, Austin.

Address: 1001 E. University Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

From Interstate Highway 35:
Exit 261 (Georgetown). Follow Texas Highway 29 east into Georgetown, approximately 1.5 miles to Maple Street.

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The lectures are located in building #11. Parking is available near #13, #34 and #2.


Southwestern University,
Mundy Hall, Room 110
1310 Service Road
Georgetown, Texas 78626


Senior University
P.O. Box 488
Georgetown, Texas 78627


Phone: 512-819-7680



8:15am to 12:00 & 1:00pm to 3:00pm