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TH LogoSlate for 2014-2015 is now finalized.

This will be the 52nd season of the Lecture Series. Full details of the speakers wil be posted on this page soon. Venue and time will be as previous series.

Speakers will be:

Sean Casey, well known ex Cincinnati Reds first baseman.      October 8th and 9th, 2014.

Carol Leifer, award winning comedy writer (Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, etc) and producer. November 12th and 13th, 2014.

Dr Eben Alexander, author of Best Selling book "Proof of Heaven". March 11th and 12th, 2015.

Clint Van Zandt, FBI profiler and author of "Facing Down Evil, Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator". His activities covered Branch Dividians in Waco, Timothy McVeigh, and the Unabomber. April 8th and 9th, 2015




















Speakers for 2013-2014.

NEXT and FINAL 2013-2014 LECTURE



Michael Feinstein: A Morning/Evening with Michael Feinstein. April 9& 10, 2014

We close with our 51st season with pianist Michael Feinstein. Get ready to tap your toes and sing along as the "Ambassador of Song" joins us for a morning/evening of great music. Mr. Feinstein's international popularity is built around his graceful and moving interpretation of popular standards by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Ira Gershwin among others. Passionate about preserving the Great American Classics for future generations, he has produced "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" specials on PBS which, for the past three years, have highlighted various forms of music popular through the ages: show tunes, jazz, big bands, movie musicals, and more.





John McPherson:Humor, a Powerful Form of Communication. March 12 & 13, 2014

John McPherson's cartoons are fresh, fun, humorous, intelligent, and above all they are too close to home! He is the creator of the comic panel "Close to Home" which appears in over 700 papers around the globe. A talented speaker and presenter McPherson loves to talk about his life as a cartoonist and where he finds his humor. His presentations are informative and engaging with a great deal of audience participation.In 2004, McPherson was awarded a lifetime achievement award by his alma mater, Bucknell University. He has published numerous collections of his cartoons as well as page-a-day calendars and has illustrated many books. Note: MacPherson will have his books for sale and signing




Mara Liasson: The Changing Face of American Politics. November 13 & 14, 2013

Mara Liasson can be heard regularly on National Public Radio (WVXU locally) providing political commentary on the award winning news magazines "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition". As the national political correspondent  for NPR, Liasson has provided key coverage of the candidates and issues in five presidential and many congressional races. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all  eight years of the Clinton administration. Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a degree in American History. She received the White House  Correspondents Association Merriman Smith award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and 1997.





Robert Ballard:Exploring the Wonders of the Deep Sea. October 9 & 10, 2013

 An accomplished deep-sea explorer, Dr Robert Ballard is perhaps best known for his discoveries of the shipwrecks Titanic and Bismark as well as the natural wonders of the hydrothermal vents. He has conducted over 120 deep sea explorations using the latest in exploration technolgy and he is a pioneer in the use of deep-diving submarines. Most recently he explored the Black, Aegean, and Mediteranean Seas onboard the E/V Nautilus, mapping the geological, biological, archaeological, and chemical aspects of those regions to depths of about 2000 meters. During the expedition, he posted his discoveries live on the web via tele-presence technology, putting the unexplored ocean directly in his viewers hands.



Past Speakers 2012-2013.


Laura Ling: "Journey of Hope" April 24th and 25th

Laura Ling is the host and reporter on E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network, which explores topics such as teen suicide and the challenges faced by military spouses.Prior to joining the E! Network Ling served as Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department and created Current’s weekly investigative documentary series Vanguard.  Ling also worked as a correspondent reporting on crucial issues from around the world. She has reported from dozens of countries and has covered subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, Mexico’s drug war, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey.In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States.  She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world. Ling has also worked as a series producer for Channel One News where she produced reports from around the globe.  Ling co-created Breaking it Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001.  Her work has also appeared on ABC's Nightline, NBC, PBS, and the WB. 

Ling is co-author with her sister Lisa of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.



Louis Freeh My FBI experiences. March 13th and 14th, 2013

FBI Director(1993-2001) Louis Freeh has a lifelong dedication to protect the U.S. citizens with investigations, justice, and strong ethics. Mt Freeh, a lawyer,was a FBI Secial Agent, an Assist. U.S. Attorney, and a District Judge in the 1980's. Notoriety within his field heightened with his work  to convict 16 of 17 organized crime defendants in the famous Pizza Connection case. While at the FBI's helm, Mr Freeh oversaw notable cases such as TWA Flight 800, Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing and many others. His post-FBI experience has included corporate legal and ethics work, with emphasis on corporate financial disclosure.





 Thane Maynard: Hope for Animals and Their World. November 14th anf 15th, 2012

Author and wildlife expert Thane Maynard is the director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and a conservation advocate.Mr Maynard hosts The 90 second Naturalist on Cincinnati's WGUC and othe NPR radio stations. Often appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, and various morning TV shows, Mr Maynard's passion is the study of endangered species. He will share some success stories to provide us with hope, while much of the world's animal kingdom news is bleak. His 2009 book, Hope for Animals &Their World, was co-authored with Jane Goodall




Jamie Farr: A Conversation with Jamie Farr. October 10th and 11th.

We are very pleased to have found a comparable substitute in the person of Jamie Farr, well known actor of stage and screen, best known and beloved for his role of Klinger on M*A*S*H*.  His iconic cross-dressing and suppport of the Toledo Mudhens were staples of this comedy show. He also had success in other TV shows, films, and theater, as well as supporting women's golf through the Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic.




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