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IPFW Omnibus Lecture speakers cut to 3

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 10:10 am

Rising costs and budget cuts led IPFW to trim its Omnibus Lecture Series to three speakers, all of whom will visit campus this fall.

The university announced the speakers Wednesday without explaining the reduction from the six lectures the series typically offers.

The series strives to bring in nationally recognized speakers offering diverse ideas and representing a range of fields, Irene Walters, Omnibus Committee chairwoman, said today. The cost of bringing in that talent has risen to $30,000 to $40,000 each from the $5,000 to $10,000 IPFW paid when the series started in 1995, said Walters, executive director of university relations and communications said.

At the same time, IPFW also had to cut its budget by more than $8 million this year, which didn’t allow any increased spending on lecturers, she said.

IPFW is open to adding speakers this year or in future years if more sponsors join in the funding, she said.

This year's speakers will be:

•Sept. 12: Bill Nye, a scientist, inventor, host of the television program “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” will speak on “Hey Earthlings, Let's Change the World.” PBS launched Nye's popular TV show in 1993, making him into a household name.

•Oct. 23: Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of “The Glass Castle,” will speak on “The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons.” Her book, a memoir now being adapted into a movie, looks back on her upbringing by dysfunctional parents and the poverty and other challenges she and her siblings endured.

•Nov. 12: Jim Clifton, CEO of polling firm Gallup and author of “The Coming Jobs War,” will speak on “The Coming Jobs War.” Clifton's book uses information from 75 years of Gallup studies to examine why people who control the job market also control our future. He also is responsible for major innovations in public opinion polling, including the Gallup World Poll and the Gallup Path, the latter of which looks at relationships between workplace behavior and outcomes for businesses.

All lectures will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center's 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors will open one hour before each lecture. Parking is free.

Free tickets are required for each lecture. They will be available three weeks before the event at the Larson Box Office in the Gates Athletic Center, 12:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays; at www.ipfw.edu/box-office, with a $1 per ticket convenience fee; and at the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture, if seats remain.