Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2006

A Trio of November Events to Showcase Schreiner University‘s Diverse Programming

Margaret Syers Lecture Series
Three events early in November will offer a sampling of the diverse programming sponsored by Schreiner University’s Center for Innovative Learning. As always, all events sponsored by the CIL are free and open to the public.

On Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Cailloux Campus Activity Center, Dr. Terry Doody, professor of English at Rice University, will present the second Margaret Syers lecture series entitled, “Why Can't Virginia Write Like Jane?” Doody’s lecture will explore the differences between Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway.” Close social relations and conversation define Austen’s world—everything can be said out loud. Woolf's is a more difficult fictional world because it is located both in the city and in the characters' consciousness. There is very little conversation—none at all between the two principal characters—and the inexpressible reaches of consciousness, difficult by definition, rely on Woolf's free indirect discourse for their revelation.

The Margaret Syers Lecture Series was endowed by Susan Stark and William Syers, children of longtime Kerrville educator, Margaret Syers, who passed away in 2005. Syers was an English teacher in Kerrville for many years.  Her children established the endowment in order to bring to Schreiner outstanding speakers on topics of literary interest for the benefit of the campus and the community.

Schreiner University’s inaugural Margaret Syers Lecture in October 2005 featured noted Shakespeare scholar Dr. Dennis Huston, a Rice University English professor.

Monday Night Fiction
Bret JohnstonThree days after the Syers series, on Thursday, Nov. 9, Bret Johnston, author of “Corpus Christi: Stories” will speak about his award-winning book.  “Corpus Christi: Stories” was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent of London and The Irish Times.

The collection has received the Southern Review's Annual Short Fiction Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Texas Institute of Letters' Debut Fiction Award, the Christopher Isherwood Prize, the James Michener Fellowship, and was short-listed for Ireland's Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, called, "the richest short story prize in the world." His work appears in magazines such as The Paris Review, Oxford American, and Tin House, and in various anthologies.

Johnston is a graduate of Miami University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. He has written essays for and National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and he’s been a skateboarder for almost twenty years. Currently, he is a professor of creative writing at Harvard University.

Monday Night Fiction meets in the Scarle-Philips Room in the William Logan Library on the Schreiner campus, beginning at 7 p.m., and lasts a couple of hours. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read the book that is the evening’s topic for discussion.   The featured book may be obtained in the Schreiner University Book Store or at your local bookstore or library.

Labatt Speaker Series
Rounding out the events will be a Labatt Speaker Series featuring a public forum and discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Cailloux Campus Activity Center ballroom.  Dr. Ron Hatchett and Dr. Bill Martin will present, “Transforming the Middle East: Plans and Prospects.”     

Dr. Ron Hatchett Dr. Bill MartinHatchett is the director of Schreiner’s Center for Global Studies and a former senior civilian official in the Department of Defense working arms control and international security issues during the administration of President Ronald Regan. 

From 1983-1986, he was the Secretary of Defense Representative to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions Talks (MBFR) negotiating NATO and Warsaw Pact conventional force levels in central Europe. In 1986 he became the Secretary of Defense Representative to three other multi-national security organizations in Europe: the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) concerning security, economic, and human rights issues; the mandate talks for NATO-Warsaw Pact negotiations on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE); and the NATO High Level Task Force on conventional arms control.

Prior to taking his position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Hatchett served for 20 years as an Air Force officer working intelligence and politico-military affairs.  Hatchett's academic specialties are foreign policy, European Studies and Middle Eastern Affairs. He also frequently appears as a commentator on local and national television and radio news programs.

Martin is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne emeritus professor of sociology and Chavanne Senior Fellow for religion and public policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, where he taught from 1968 until 2005. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and Harvard Divinity School and received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1969. During his years at Rice, he has received numerous teaching awards, including a Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching. His articles, most dealing with various aspects of religion, have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, Harper's, Esquire, and Texas Monthly, for which he writes a monthly column, “Faith Bases,” about religion in Texas. He is also a frequent guest on national and local news and discussion programs.

This will be a great opportunity for members of the community to benefit from Hatchett’s perspectives on the political and military implications of recent developments in the Middle East, as well as Martin’s observations on the social and religious components of contemporary events in the volatile region. There will be a question and answer session following the discussion.

For more information, contact Martha York, director of the Center for Innovative Learning, at 830-792-7352 or

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