Ruse, Cahill, Lascivious Biddies to highlight U of O series

Release Date: 9/10/2008

Clarksville, Ark. --- Philosopher and scientist Michael Ruse; Tierney Cahill, a sixth-grade teacher who ran a grassroots campaign for Congress from her classroom; and the New York City-based quartet The Lascivious Biddies highlight the University of the Ozarks' 2008-2009 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

The theme for the upcoming series will be "New Horizons" and will include five lectures and concerts throughout the academic year.

The series begins on Oct. 16 with the comedy revue Chicago City Limits performing its political satire show One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State. Chicago City Limits is New York’s longest-running comedy revue, thrilling audiences for more than 25 years with its unique style of performance that combines the best in sketch comedy, musical theatre and audience participation improvisation.

On Nov. 6, Quartet San Francisco will perform at U of O. The virtuoso musicians who make up Quartet San Francisco have dedicated themselves to playing a completely unique and delightful repertoire that sets them apart in the world of chamber music.

The series continues on Dec. 16 when Cahill visits the campus. As a sixth-grade civics teacher in Reno, Nev., Cahill told her students that anyone can run for political office. To prove her point, she dedicated herself to running for the District 2 Congressional seat. Without financial backing or name recognition, she received an impressive 34 percent of the vote. She recently wrote Ms Cahill for Congress.

On Feb. 17, the all-female pop quartet The Lascivious Biddies bring their show to Ozarks. Known for its energetic live shows, the quartet blends jazz, pop and cabaret with four-part harmonies to produce a fresh, genre-defying sound. The Biddies and their music have been featured on The Food Network, The Discovery Channel, Fuse TV, a national TV commercial for Chili’s restaurants, and a segment on the CBS Evening News.

Ruse, a professor of philosophy and zoology at Florida State University, will speak at U of O on April 23. He is well known for his work on the argument between creationism and evolutionary biology. A native of England, Ruse was a witness for the plaintiff in the 1981 test case (Mclean vs. Arkansas) of the state law permitting the teaching of "creation science" in the Arkansas school system. A federal judge ruled that the state law was unconstitutional. Ruse takes the position that it is possible to reconcile the Christian religion with evolutionary theory. He founded the journal Biology and Philosophy and has written numerous articles and books.

All of the events will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the university’s Walton Fine Arts Center. Individual ticket prices are $10. A season ticket for all five of the events is $50 for the general public and $40 for senior citizens and children. Individuals, couples and corporations can also join the university’s Friends of the Arts program, which includes access to numerous receptions throughout the year. For more information on the 2008-2009 Walton Series, the Friends of the Arts program or to order tickets, please contact Director Ginny Sain at 479-979-1346.