Sunday July 9, 2006

Distinguished Speakers Series Set

A female author who has received death threats for openly challenging a woman's place in Islam, an author who thinks immigration hurts Americans and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist highlight the series.

A female author who has received death threats for openly challenging a woman's place in Islam, an author who thinks immigration hurts Americans and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist highlight the 2006-07 University of Dayton Distinguished Speakers Series.

The series begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 in the Frericks Convocation Center with Bill McKibben, the author of Enough. Enough, required reading for incoming first-year students, talks about staying human in an engineered age.

All Distinguished Speaker Series events, except for Aug. 19, are at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Union ballroom on UD's campus and are free and open to the public.

Other speakers include:

Oct. 18, Frosty Wooldridge: Wooldridge biked more than 100,000 miles on six continents. He is working on three books - Incursion into America: How Immigration Adversely Affects American Citizens; Zero Visibility: a Blind Man's Quest for the Summit of Everest, a nonfiction account by Pasquale Scaturro, the man who organized and led blind climber Eric Weihenmayer to the top of Mt. Everest; and "When Your Father Left Too Soon," a nonfiction account of young men who have lost their fathers to an early death.

Nov. 15, Marci Hamilton: Hamilton advises Congress and state legislatures on the constitutionality of pending legislation and consults on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Hamilton worked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and just finished writing God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law.

Feb. 7, Leonard Pitts Jr.: Pitts won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and is a Miami Herald columnist who writes about American race issues and popular culture

March 6, Asra Nomani: Nomani wrote Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam and the Islamic bills of rights for women in the mosque.

For more information on the Distinguished Speakers Series or to request an interview with one of the speakers, please contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.