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Pamalla Anderson, DeGolyer Library Head of Public Services
Topic: Match Game: Connecting Researchers with Library Special Collections
Pamalla Anderson earned her BBA from SMU in 1989 and MA in history and archival studies at University of Texas at Arlington in 2008. After working as an archival consultant and as the archivist of Dallas Holocaust Museum, she joined the DeGolyer Library staff in August 2009 as the part-time archivist for Archives of Women of the Southwest and now serves as the Head of Public Services at DeGolyer Library.
In addition to those duties, she assists with the administration of the Book Club of Texas and serves on the board as the treasurer. Drawn to history and literature, she has written "Mustangs Go to War: Campus Life during World War II," Legacies (Spring 2008):24-35 and The Standard Club, (Dallas: DeGolyer Library, 2011). She is also the past president of the Friends of the SMU Libraries
Corporal David J. Bates, Author & Leadership Cadet Corps Instructor
Topic: Educational Reform and Prioritizing
Over the past 14 years, Cpl. David Bates has inspired many through his leadership as a Leadership Cadet Corps instructor in Dallas, Texas. He opened The Marsh Military Museum, believed to be the first of its kind on a public school campus throughout the country and has led the Marsh Leadership Cadet Corps to the national championship among middle schools for three of the past six years.
He won the 2010 National Middle School Cadet Corps Instructor of the Year and was voted by his colleagues as the TC Marsh 2012 Teacher of the Year. His book, Narrow it Down, is about making a difference in the things you can control and focuses on raising the bar when it comes to the educational system.
Alan Brown, SMU Professor of Psychology
Topic: Aging and Memory Abilities
Dr. Alan Brown is a Professor in the Psychology Department as SMU. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and his master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. Dr. Brown has taught at SMU for the past 39 years, and has published over 80 professional articles and 6 books on basic and applied areas of human memory.
His primary interest is how the application of scientific principles can help us understand some of the quirky aspects of memory dysfunction, such as déjà vu, the tip of the tongue experience, inadvertent plagiarism, password recall and forgetting where valuables were hidden.
Crista DeLuzio, SMU Associate Professor / Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department
Topic: Can Women Have it All?
Crista DeLuzio is an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department at SMU. She received her bachelor's degrees from Boston University and her master's and doctoral degrees from Brown University and joined the faculty at SMU in 2000. Her research and teaching specialties include the history of women and gender in the United States, the history of the family, and the history of childhood.
She is the author of Female Adolescence in American Scientific Thought; the editor of Women's Rights: People and Perspectives; and the co-editor of On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest. Her current research focuses on sibling relationships in American culture at the turn of the 20th century. Professor DeLuzio has been recognized with several teaching awards at SMU, including the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, and the Deshner Teaching Award from the Women's and Gender Studies Council.
Jeffry A. Engel, Center for Presidential History at SMU
Topic: American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century
Jeffrey A. Engel is founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. A Senior Fellow of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and graduate of Cornell University, he additionally studied at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, and received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Engel has authored or edited six books on American foreign policy, including Cold War at 30, Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy (Harvard University Press, 2007), which received the Paul Birdsall Prize from the American Historical Association; Local Consequences of the Global Cold War (Stanford University Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2008); The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President (Princeton University Press, 2008); The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989 (Oxford University Press, 2009); with Joseph R. Cerami, Rethinking Leadership and “Whole of Government” National Security Reform (Strategic Studies Institute, 2010); and Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War (Oxford University Press, 2012). His scholarly and popular articles have appeared in such journals as Diplomatic History; Diplomacy & Statecraft; Project Syndicate; Perspectives on History; Enterprise & Society; The International Journal; and Air & Space Magazine.
He is currently writing When the World Seemed New: American Foreign Policy in the Age of George H.W. Bush (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, forthcoming).
Anthony Fiorillo, Curator of Earth Sciences at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Topic: A paleontologist's perspective on building the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
As far back as he can remember Dr. Anthony R. Fiorillo has only wanted to do one of two things professionally, play centerfield for the New York Yankees or study dinosaurs. Much to the detriment of his parents' retirement plans, he studies dinosaurs.
Dr. Fiorillo received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut and his Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. He completed his Ph.D. work in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. For the next two years he was the Rea Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and then a museum scientist at the Museum of Paleontology. Since 1995 he has been the Curator of Earth Sciences at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, and has been working in Alaska on various dinosaur projects since 1998. His work in over a dozen units of the National Park Service won him national recognition in 2000 and again in 2007 with the National Park Service, Alaska Region Natural Resource Research Award. He was also named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2008. For him, the appeal of the work in Alaska is the result of the combination of intellectual pursuit and the rigors of working in the Arctic environment.
J. Suzanne Frank, Director of The Writer's Path, SMU Simmons School of Education & Human Development
Topic: The Writer's Journey
J. Suzanne Frank is the author of the popular Chloe and Cheftu time travel series and the Dallas O'Connor mysteries. She published the rest of her novels after completing The Writer's Path at SMU, a program she now directs. She lives in Dallas, TX.
Novelist J. Suzanne Frank spent her formative years in England and Europe where she gained an appreciation of history's reality and immediacy by traipsing through countless castles and museums.
She earned her B.S. in Journalism with a double minor in Drama and Middle Eastern Politics from the University of North Texas. She continued her education with graduate level biblical archeology courses at the Center for Near Eastern Studies in Bethlehem, Israel. She is the first published author from Southern Methodist's University's (SMU) Continuing Education --New York Seminar. She began teaching writing there in 1998.
Frank wrote in many different capacities – from local news reporting and technical documentation, to PR, travel and feature stories – before publishing her first book. Other careers include photo stylist, birth parent caseworker, and public education speaker.
Frank has been program director and curriculum consultant for a SMU's Continuing Education writing program in Dallas, Texas, since 2005. In 2012 she rebooted the program as The Writer's Path at SMU. Unique among adult writing programs, these courses help qualified adult writers with complete projects meet with editors and agents in NYC for professional critique. Frank is also the creator of The Hero Series Seminar, which uses the principles of storytelling to help participants recognize and "rewrite" their lives to overcome and triumph as their own heroes.
Her time-travel novels are meticulously researched and written with an eye to historical accuracy and an understanding of diverse cultural viewpoints. Frank selects pivotal moments in Western history and looks at them from an unexpected angle, using both the latest and the most provocative information to tell the story. Location serves as a character and helps to create not only the story, but also an entire world the reader can experience.
Research has taken Frank to many of the locations in her books, including Egypt, England, Israel, Mexico, and Morocco. From the British Museum to the Louvre, Akrotiri to the Valley of the Kings, she has sought the flavors, colors and emotions that bring her ancient worlds to life. She's worked as a mosaicist in Jerusalem, picked avocados by the Mediterranean, and prepped garments worth six figures, all in the interest of story depth.
All of her time travel books were selected by The Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club. The books have been published in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Korea and Italy. Ingram Top 50 listed Reflections in the Nile. Twilight in Babylon was as a top ten best seller in Germany.
Chloe Green is another personality operating in J. Suzanne Frank's head, and gaining expression through her pen. Ms. Green has written several murder mysteries set behind the scenes in the fashion world. She worked as presser, as First Assistant, as stylist; dabbled as a makeup artist, and read countless issues of Vogue, to assure accuracy in her fast-paced world of photos, videos, catwalks, and corpses.
Denise Gee, Author / Editor / Stylist
Topic: "Sweet on Texas": Lovable Lone Star Desserts & Foodways
Denise Gee is the author of the cookbooks Sweet on Texas (2012), Porch Parties (2010), Southern Cocktails (2008), as well as the forthcoming book Southern Casseroles (fall 2013), all from Chronicle Books. She also was stylist for The Mansion on Turtle Creek: Haute Cuisine, Texas-Style (2012) from Rizzoli. (And all books were photographed by her husband, Robert M. Peacock.)
Denise is a Dallas-based regional contributor for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, where she previously worked as senior home design editor; she also has been an editor Southern Living, Coastal Living and Organic Gardening magazines. She now works as a writer and publicist for SMU Public Affairs and continues her publishing projects.
Jenny Grumbles-Koziol; Artist / Shop-Owner / Buyer for A&E's 'Storage Wars Texas'
Topic: Shop Girls & Storage Wars
Dallas entrepreneur, Jenny Grumbles, obtained her degree in journalism and studio art from Southern Methodist University in 2002. Her work-life is threefold; artist, shop-owner, and buyer for A&E's hit series, Storage Wars Texas. Jenny's paintings have been sold in galleries and shops throughout Georgia, Texas, and California. She is the proprietor to her very own vintage home furnishings shop, Uptown Country Home.
Jenny spends much of her time searching for treasures to recycle, repurpose, and repaint for sale in her shop. In addition to her shop and artwork, Jenny has a passion for politics and major league baseball.
Jenny's main aspiration is to make the world a better place through political advocacy, creative art and home décor, because she truly believes, whether it's the whole world, or a little cottage in Dallas, home is where the heart is.
Norm Hitzges, Sports Radio Talk Host (1310 AM, The Ticket)
Topic: Sports & Travel
Norm Hitzges hosted the first full-time sports talk-show in morning drive time in the country. He has been on-air continuously for over 30 years in the DFW Market. Hitzges is known for his enthusiasm and knowledge of sports trivia and has been compared to Dick Vitale for his energy and love of sports. Hitzges has been honored by the Radio Hall of Fame, the Dallas Hall of Sports Association and the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. Norm also hosts "Norm-A-Thon", a yearly 18 hour marathon broadcast to raise money for an area homeless shelter.
Alan C. Lowe, Director, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Topic: My Baker's Dozen: Lessons in Life and Statesmanship from Howard Baker
Alan C. Lowe obtained his B.A. and M.A. in history at the University of Kentucky. In 1989, Lowe joined the staff of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California as an archivist. In 1992, he moved to the Office of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where he helped to oversee the Presidential libraries located throughout the nation. During part of that time, he served as interim Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.
From 2003 to 2009, Lowe served as the founding Executive Director of the Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. In April 2009, Lowe began serving as Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Thomas H. McConnell, Author and UT Southwestern Professor of Pathology
Topic: The JFK Assassination, Abortion, and Racial Turmoil in the South in the 1960s
Thomas H. McConnell served as a Medical Officer in the U. S. Army from 1963-65, first as a General Medical Officer in the Pentagon and later as Battalion Surgeon with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. His Pentagon duties put him into the White House on several occasions, and he was intimately involved in the JFK funeral proceedings. He currently serves on the faculty of UT Southwestern.
Thomas H. McConnell was born in 1937 at the old, red brick Parkland Hospital on Maple at Oak Lawn in Dallas. His early education was in the public schools of Sulphur Springs in rural East Texas. He received his undergraduate education at Rice University and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1962. He interned at the University of Mississippi Hospital in Jackson 1962-63, a place and time of great racial unrest. He served as a Medical Officer in the U. S. Army from 1963-65, first as a General Medical Officer in the Pentagon and later as Battalion Surgeon with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. His Pentagon duties put him into the White House on several occasions, and he was intimately involved in the JFK funeral proceedings. He returned to Dallas for training as a pathologist at the newer version of Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern from 1965-69. He was a private practitioner and laboratory entrepreneur from 1969-1991. In 1997 he accepted a teaching appointment in the pathology department at UT Southwestern, where he remains on the faculty.
He is author of Dead Wrong: And Other Episodes from a Life in Medicine (available on amazon.com), a memoir focusing on his internship, military and pathology residency years. He is also author of The Nature of Disease (2007, 2nd edition due 2013), a textbook of pathology, and is co-author with Kerry Hull of Human Form, Human Function (2010), a textbook of anatomy and physiology.
He lives in Dallas with Marianne, his wife of 50 years, and two West Highland White Terriers.
Fred Olness, SMU Professor of Physics
Topic: The Higgs Boson
(Science Magazine's 2012 "Breakthrough of the Year")
Professor Fredrick Olness received his B.S. from Duke University (1980), and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (1982,1985). Continuing his work-across-America tour, he took postdocs at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (1985-88) and the University of Oregon in Eugene (1988-91), before joining SMU in 1991 where he is now an Professor of Physics. He served as Department Chair from 2001-2007, and again from 2010 to present. In 2010 he was selected as the Dedman College Distinguished Professor.
Professor Olness currently serves as Co-Spokesperson of the CTEQ Collaboration (cteq.org). He spent the 1997-98 academic year on sabbatical with the Theoretical Physics Group at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the 2007-08 academic year on sabbatical working on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at the CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) laboratory in Geneva Switzerland.
In 2005 Olness was elected as an APS Fellow for "For significant contributions to understanding nucleon structure and heavy quark production in perturbative quantum chromodynamics." Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then current membership of the Society are recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in The American Physical Society.
Prof. Olness served as President of the SMU Faculty Senate for 2009-2010. He received a SMU Ford Fellowship in 2008, the SMU "M" Award in 2007, the SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award in 2006, and the President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award in 2000. He is also the Director of the Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair.
His research is in elementary particle physics phenomenology, at the interface between theory and experiment. Specifically, he studies Quantum Chromodynamics (the fundamental force that binds nuclei) to help answer the questions: What are the fundamental building blocks of nature, and what holds them together?
Fredrick initiated the DOE theory grant at SMU in 1992, was awarded an SSC Fellowship in 1993, and is an active member of the CTEQ collaboration--a novel collaboration of theorists and experimentalists.
He has written over 100 research articles, served as a convener for international workshops and conferences, and has been an invited speaker for international conferences and summer schools.
Olness co-authored the popular textbook Mathematica for Physics, which integrates new computer algebra programs into the core physics curriculum. This text is now in its 2nd Edition, and has also been translated into Japanese.
On the side, he presents "The Physics of Music" and "The Physics Circus" public lectures to local schools, and is the co-director of the Dallas Science Fair. Outside of physics, he entertains himself (and others) playing his trumpets for church services and weddings.
His wife, Gloria, is a Assistant Professor at UNT in the department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her research examines the discourse production abilities of adults with acquired neurogenic communication disorders, such as stroke-induced aphasia.
His oldest son, Jonathan, enjoys trombone, the Science Place, and loves to make inventions. His daughter, Jacqueline has lots of energy, plays clarinet and dances ballet. His youngest son, Benjamin, enjoys soccer and loves to help out Dad by entering extra characters into his computer files.
Darwin Payne, Historian and SMU Professor Emeritus of Communications
Topic: Through the Years with SMU: From 1911 to the Present
Darwin Payne, professor emeritus of communications at SMU and centennial historian, is writing a history of the university from its origin in 1911 to the present time. His most recent book was the sports history of SMU entitled In Honor of the Mustangs. He is author of numerous books on Dallas history.
Darwin Payne's books include Big D: Triumphs and Troubles of an American Supercity in the 20th Century, and he has published biographies on the writers Owen Wister and Frederick Lewis Allen, federal judge Sarah T. Hughes, and Dallas's first African-American judge, Louis A. Bedford Jr. Payne recently completed a two-year term as president of the Texas Institute of Letters, and in November 1912 he was honored by the Dallas Historical Society by its Award of Excellence for humanities and history.
Lisa Pon, SMU Associate Professor of Art History
Topic: Fiction, Non-Fiction
Lisa Pon received her A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard, and her M.A. from Washington University. She has won fellowships from institutions including the Warburg Institute in London, the Getty Research Institute, the American Philosophical Society, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and published in leading journals including Art History, Word & Image, Art Bulletin, and Print Quarterly.
Her first book, Raphael, Dürer, and Marcantonio Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print, was published by Yale University Press in 2004, and a volume she co-edited, The Books of Venice/Il Libro Veneziano, published by the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, appeared in 2008. A specialist in early sixteenth-century Italian art, her current research and teaching focuses on the technology of art, the authority of the artist, and the work of art as religious image. In 2012-13, Dr. Pon is on leave with a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies
Abraham Salum, Chef Owner, Salum and Komali Restaurants
Topic: Flavors of the world - How we have incorporated ingredients from all over the world to create a truly new american cuisine and how food has become a social marker like in 17th century Europe
With Lebanese, Italian and Spanish heritage, Abraham Salum grew up in Mexico City and is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. He continued his education by working in kitchens in France, Belgium, Mexico and the United States. His vision is to create restaurants that set standards, rather than following them.
Salum is committed to overseeing food and beverage destinations that are celebrated by guests, distinguished by extraordinary food , and staffed by attentive professionals well educated on cuisine and wine. A highlight for chef/owner Abraham was becoming a US Citizen in 2010 as he celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of his popular namesake restaurant and opening Komali to showcase the contemporary Mexican cuisine he grew up with in early 2011.
The recipient of numerous local accolades, Abraham was invited to cook at the famed James Beard House in New York in Oct., 2011 and will return to the Beard house on November of 2013 with a Mexican menu. Chef Salum and Komali were recognized by Esquire Magazine's food critic John Mariani in his 'best new restaurants' issue as leading the trend toward authentic, contemporary Mexican cuisine in the US.
Judith Garrett Segura, Independent Consultant (Fine Arts/History)
Topic: Dealey Plaza: Past, Present, Future
Judith Garrett Segura. B.A., M.A., M.F.A., is an independent consultant advising clients on fine art acquisition and installation, legacy and archives projects, and historical and interpretive exhibits. She retired as president and trustee of The Belo Foundation at the end of 2004, after a 24-year career at Belo Corp.
While at Belo Corp. she was also curator of the company's 300-piece art collection, which she began assembling in 1986. After her retirement from the company, she wrote a scholarly history of Belo Corporation, the oldest company in Texas, Belo: From Newspapers to New Media, which was published by the University of Texas Press and issued in September 2008.
During her tenure with Belo, Ms. Segura helped plan and implement the public sculpture garden in downtown Dallas, Lubben Plaza, which was completed in 1992. It was funded by The Belo Foundation and deeded to the City of Dallas as a permanent public art installation. In that project, she acted as administrator of the process of selecting, commissioning and overseeing the progress of three well known artists. Several years later, she worked with the planners of the city-wide festival called Sun & Star, a cultural exchange with Japan, to place two commissioned sculptures on the terrace of The Belo Building. One artist was from Japan and the other from Dallas. The work by the Dallas artist was acquired by The Belo Foundation and has a prominent place on the west terrace of the Foundation and company headquarters building.
During the building of the first phase of the DART rail lines, she served on numerous panels convened by Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Working with DART officials, project architects and community volunteers, she helped plan, commission and oversee development of works of public art at the Union Terminal Station, the Convention Center Station, and both of the downtown Transit Malls. As a visual artist, herself, she was a finalist in the selection of an artist/poet for the Lovers Lane Station.
In other public art projects, she has served as a member of art selection committees with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs for numerous City of Dallas public art projects, funded by the Percent-For-Art Program.
In 2005 she was commissioned by the University of North Texas System to design and install three permanent creations as part of the architectural plan of the first building on the new permanent campus of UNT Dallas. She worked with the building's architect of record through design, then with the on-site construction management team through installation at the new campus on the corner of Camp Wisdom Road and Houston School Road.
From mid-2006 through 2008 she headed an archives and legacy project for the well known Texas businessman T. Boone Pickens, including development of a master plan for an energy research library and museum at Oklahoma State University. She served as an archives consultant for Mr. Pickens' at OSU until 2010. Other recent clients include the Communities Foundation of Texas, St. Mark's School of Texas and private art collectors. She is a published author of poetry, essays, creative non-fiction, history and natural history.
In her volunteer community service, Ms. Segura is immediate past-chair of the executive advisory council of the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a former member of the executive board of the Central University Libraries at Southern Methodist University. She is a former member of the advisory council of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton; a former trustee of the Old Red Foundation, which operates the Old Red Museum in Dallas; a former trustee of the Dallas Police Foundation, the Dallas Historical Society and Paul Quinn College.
In 2010 she launched an effort to restore the WPA-era Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. A City of Dallas park named for legendary publisher of The Dallas Morning News George Bannerman Dealey, it later became known worldwide as the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1993 it was designated a National Historic Site. Attracting visitors year-round for nearly 50 years, it had deteriorated significantly, and her effort raised money from private donors, which was matched by City of Dallas bond funds, to achieve a full restoration of the architecture and landscape before the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
She has a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Texas A&I, now Texas A&M at Kingsville; an M.A. in English & Art History; and an M.F.A. in painting and photography, both from University of North Texas in Denton.
Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News Guide/Arts & Life Staff Writer
Topic: Dallas, a Cultural Hot Spot? YES!
Joy Tipping is a writer-editor with more than 20 years experience. She's currently a staff writer-copy editor for The Dallas Morning News' Guide section, focusing on local arts and entertainment, and she has also worked in the Metro and National sections of the Morning News. She writes the weekly Joy's Jaunts column about fun things to do around town, and also frequently contributes book reviews and author interviews to the Arts & Life section.
Joy is the author of two literary travel guides, and her writing has appeared in every Top 10 paper in the U.S. as well as in dozens of other newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and abroad. As a freelancer, she has worked with companies such as Lexis-Nexis, Dorling Kindersley and Brown Books, and she has edited more than two dozen published books. Honors include the Texas Katie Award for opinion writing, the Texas Medical Association Media Award and others for writing in the areas of arts/literary criticism, humor, health and juvenile justice. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas. While at Brookhaven College prior to attending North Texas, she was named “Business Student of the Year,” the most unlikely award she has ever received, and consequently her favorite. She is a native Dallasite and lives in Oak Cliff with her husband, Jim, and canine muses Tesla and Coco.
Frances B. Vick, Author and University of North Texas Press co-founder
Topic: Letters to Alice: The Beginning of the Kleberg-King Ranch Dynasty
Frances B. Vick is retired director and co-founder of the University of North Texas Press and founder and president of E-Heart Press, Inc. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from The University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University, respectively, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from the University of North Texas.
In retirement, she has written One Hundred Years of "The Eyes of Texas," for the Texas Exes; co-authored Petra's Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy, which won the Coral Horton Tullis Award for the best book on Texas history from Texas State Historical Association; edited Literary Dallas. Her current co-authored book is Letters to Alice: Birth of the Kleberg–King Ranch Dynasty. She has written introductions and chapters for such books as Texas Women Writers, The Family Saga: A Collection of Texas Family Legends, Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, and Notes from Texas Writers.
She has been president of the Texas Institute of Letters, the Texas State Historical Association, The Philosophical Society of Texas and is a Fellow of the Texas Folklore Society and the Texas State Historical Association. She has received the Pro Bene Meritis Liberal Arts Award from The University of Texas at Austin, the highest award given by that college, and The Humanities Texas Award.
Trigg Watson, Magician and Theatre Artist
Topic: Designing Impossibility (in a World Without Secrets)
Trigg Watson is a Dallas-based magician and theatre artist, but has shared his unique brand of illusion and comedy with audiences across the country and abroad. Trigg recently graduated from Southern Methodist University on full scholarship with a double major in Theatre Studies and Business Management, a combination which he likes to call "Show Business." He has also served as a magic consultant for theatre productions at SMU and the Undermain Theatre.
Trigg most enjoys the creative process that is involved in creating engaging magic performances. Engineering, psychology, slight of hand, acting, and theatrical principles of illusion are all tools Trigg uses when creating original work. Trigg has won several state and international awards with his unique magic act, and has performed at the Las Vegas Magic Theatre and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.
Visit Trigg Watson on the web at www.TRIGGmagic.com.
Bill Young, KERA Vice President of Television Programming
Topic: Public Television: Downton Abbey and Beyond
Bill Young is Vice President of Television Programming and responsible for selecting programs and developing the KERA 13 broadcast schedule. In addition, Young sits on a number of PBS advisory panels, including the PBS Children's Advisory Panel and the Top 20 Market Programmer's Advisory Group, which help evaluate and set PBS network programming and policy agendas. Through appointment to national program advisory boards, such as Cyberchase, Curious George, The Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and Electric Company, Young evaluates program production, rollout strategies and national scheduling of current and future programming concepts.
Young has been named Programmer of the Year by the Public Television Programmer's Association in 1994 and 1997. In March of 2000, Young co-produced and directed A Salute to British Comedy for national public television broadcast through American Public Television. Young was also co-executive producer for a number of national PBS programs including Celebrating Mollie Sugden: An Are You Being Served Special (December 2002), Funny Ladies of British Comedy (March 2004), Funny Blokes of British Comedy (March 2005),Fawlty Towers Revisited (December 2005), in addition to Life Lessons From Onslow: A Keeping Up Appearances Special and The Historic Pubs of Dublin, both broadcast nationally on PBS in 2008. Bill is a Texas native who attended the University of Texas in Austin.