This fall, the Walton Arts and Ideas Series will begin its third decade at Ozarks. Programming for the fall term will consist largely of something we're calling The Last Lecture Series.
The premise is rather jolting: What would you say if you knew this would be the last lecture you would ever deliver?
A panel of four students were asked to select a person who made them think or feel more deeply. The people these students picked were Kim Van Scoy, Dave Daily, Sean Coleman, and Elissa Heil. Each has agreed to share his or her reflections with us. The dates for their lectures will be September 14, October 19, November 2, and November 16.
In a time of transition we hope that this series of lectures will allow all who treasure that gold-and-purple banner to slow down, to think back, to listen carefully, and to reflect before following it into a brave new era. We know these four as scholars and as colleagues. Perhaps this will allow us to know them as people. And perhaps, in knowing them, we may come to know ourselves a little better - what brought us to here in the first place, what has kept us here, what binds us all together, what we must preserve, what we must put away, what will see us through.
The Walton Arts & Ideas Series is made possible through an endowment by the Walton Family Charitable Trust.