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Spring 2009 Events

Popular historian and commentator Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell

March 3, 2009, 7:00 pm | Allen Theatre | Free | Reception & book signing

Delight in the satirical humor of Sarah Vowell, bestselling author, social observer, and contributor to NPR's This American Life.

Seating capacity is limited. Reservations requested - 742-0706, ext. 401

"Vowell is, at heart, a storyteller. Her gift is one of cosmic inclusion - allowing the natural collision of intellect and personality, rigorous research and generational quirks."

–The Boston Globe


Dizzy Gillespie™ All Star Band

April 4, 2009, 8:00 pm | Allen Theatre

Featured guest of Texas Tech Jazz Festival - Tap your feet to the music of the DIZZY GILLESPIE™ ALUMNI ALL-STARS, a veritable who's who among jazz musicians. Formed in the summer of 1998 to perform Dizzy Gillespie's classic big band repertoire, they continue the legacy left by the late master.


  • General Admission - $12
    (Inclusive of service fee)
  • TTU Students - 2 free tickets with valid ID at the SUB ticket booth

Poet and fiction-writer Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo

April 9, 2009, 7:00 pm | English Building, Room 001 | Free | Reception & book signing

Enjoy a literary evening with "genre jumper" and activist author, Ana Castillo – acclaimed poet, novelist, essayist, editor, and translator.

Seating capacity is limited. Reservations requested - 742-0706, ext. 401

"Whether (she) is writing poetry, essays, or fiction, her work sizzles with equal measures of passion and intelligence."

–Donna Seaman, Booklist

Sante Fe Opera Apprentice Singers

Sante Fe Opera

April 13, 2009, 7:00 pm | Hemmle Recital Hall | Free | Reception

Revel in the beautiful voices of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers, performing operatic and popular selections.

Seating capacity is limited. Reservations requested - 742-0706, ext. 401

Fall 2008 Events
David Callahan: the cheating culture

Book signing and lecture by ethicist David Callahan

The Cheating Culture Review

September 8, 2008, 3:30 pm | Allen Theatre | Free and open to the public

David Callahan, author of The Cheating Culture and other books, will speak at 3:30 pm in the Allen Theatre. Book signing prior to the lecture. Cosponsored by the Graduate School through funding from the Helen Jones Foundation, and presented in support of TTU's Ethics Initiative. Connects with TTU's Ethics QEP (required by our SACS accreditation), so faculty are encouraged to build this event into their fall syllabi if at all possible.

Callahan has written extensively about American history, business, and public policy. He is author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead (Harcourt, Jan. 2004). Callahan lectures frequently about issues of ethics and integrity to universities, associations, and businesses and his numerous articles have been published in such places as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The American Prospect.

He has also been a frequent commentator on television programs on CNN, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, and Fox News, and has been a regular guest on radio talk shows across the United States, including appearances on such NPR programs as Morning Edition, The Connection, and the Tavis Smiley Show.

The Cheating Culture Review


"Callahan performs a useful service in reminding us that even as we berate the world's Michael Milkens and Kenneth Lays and Ivan Boeskys and Marc Riches, we would do well to tidy our own backyards."

- The Washington Post

From the Top with Christopher O'Riley From the Top Logo

September 16, 2008, 7 pm | Allen Theatre

"From the Top with Christopher O'Riley" will tape a performance of outstanding young musicians in the Allen Theatre. The taping will be broadcast nationally at a later date. You hear Christopher O'Riley every week on KOHM, so come watch him and be part of promoting Texas Tech University across the country. This event is presented in partnership with KOHM.

Christopher O'Riley has redefined the possibilities of classical music through media, contemporary music and innovative programming. In addition to hosting From the Top and appearing with top orchestras and festivals around the world, Mr. O'Riley is also an interpreter of some of the most important contemporary popular music of our time. He lives by the Duke Ellington adage, "there are only two kinds of music, good music and bad."

Tickets will go on sale at Select-a-Seat, (806) 770-2000, to the general public the third week of July. Price does NOT include the Select-a-Seat surcharge.

Marc-Andre Hamelin

October 19, 2008, 7:30 pm | Hemmle Recital Hall

Marc-André Hamelin, first place winner at the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition and one of today's most acclaimed pianists in the United States, will perform at Hemmle Hall, reception to follow the performance.

French-Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin's flourishing international career sees him appearing throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. He made his name playing rare and adventurous repertoire, and now his output also embraces music from the classical and romantic periods.

Highlights of his recent concerto engagements include performances of Beethoven's Emperor concerto, Brahms' 2nd and Rachmaninov's 3rd. Marc-André Hamelin appears regularly in the International Piano Series at London's South Bank Centre and the London Pianoforte Series at Wigmore Hall. Courtesy, Hyperion Records.

Tickets will go on sale at Select-a-Seat, (806) 770-2000, to the general public the third week of July. Price does NOT include the Select-a-Seat surcharge.

Presidential Book Award Winners

Conversations with authors of books on jazz; wine; and race in Imperial Spain.

October 28, 2008, 3:30 pm | Matador Room of the Student Union | Free and open to the public

Drs. Michael Borshuk, John Beusterien, and Stefan Estreicher, the most recent winners of the President's Book Award, will describe their books and their research in a panel discussion, with a book-signing and reception to follow in the adjacent Faculty Lounge.

Michael Borshuk, Assistant Professor of African American Literature, is this year's winner of the President's Book Award for Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature (Routledge, 2006). The first-place award carries a prize of $5000.

Describing the book, one reviewer wrote that the book's organization is in the form of a jazz piece. He said that the beginning and end of the book were the "head" and the "coda" and that "In between fall the five chapters which can parallel the improvised, but well-constructed solos that are so characteristically a part of jazz music-thus a perfectly developed offering of a jazz tune in the form of a literary work." More >>

John Beusterien, Associate Professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures tied for second place for his book, An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain (Bucknell University Press, 2006).

The book's review offered the following praise. "An Eye on Race is theoretically rich and relies on important extra-literary materials in medicine, science and history that enable his scholarship to speak to multiple audiences as well as experts in theatre in Imperial Spain." Another reviewer called this book "the most intelligible and intelligent study that has been published."

Stefan Estreicher, Horn Professor in the Department of Physics tied for second place for his book, Wine from Neolithic Times to the 21st Century (Algora Publishing, 2006).

A faculty colleague and noted expert on wine wrote, "I was thrilled to read the book, but was naturally compelled to compare it with others on the subject. Upon finishing the book, I am confident that Stefan Estreicher can lay claim to the definitive history of wine." She continues, "Just as many fine wines in the world are blends of several grape varieties, so this book is a creative 'blend' of the world and wine histories. Engagingly written, exhaustively researched, rich in detail, the book deserves recognition." More >>

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