Fears lecture series to be offered in Enid Sept. 14

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Fears lecture series to be offered in Enid Sept. 14

September 4, 2009

Dr. Rufus Fears, professor of classics at the University of Oklahoma, will begin a free lecture series on Monday, Sept. 14, at Montgomery Hall at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. This lecture series will be offered through a partnership between Northwestern Oklahoma State University and several other entities.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Each lecture is centered on one great book. These books are not required reading. The purpose is to show that questions of leaders are eternal; they ring through history. True leadership is defined by four qualities: bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision and the ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision.

The first lecture, “Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt,” is Sept. 14. Roosevelt was a model of a statesman in a time of crisis, and the public will learn about his leadership qualities.

The remainder of the free series schedule is as follows:
Oct. 12 – “Shakespeare Julius Caesar,”
Nov. 9 – “Homer – the Iliad,”
Jan. 11 – “Machiavelli and Hitler,”
Feb. 8 – “Elie Wiesel Night.”

Fears holds the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the history of liberty. He also serves as the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

Fears holds a doctorate from Harvard University and is the author of numerous studies in Greek and Roman history, the history of freedom and the lessons of history that can be applied to today’s world.

He is a three-time University of Oklahoma Professor of the Year recipient. In 2003, he received the University Continuing Education Association Great Plains Region Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, among numerous other awards.

Partners for the program include Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Northern Oklahoma College, Northwestern, Enid Public Schools, Autry Technology Center, Enid Community Foundation, Lew & Myra Ward, and the Enid News & Eagle.

For more information about the lecture series, contact Dr. Cheryl Evans, Northwestern-Enid dean, at (580) 213-3105 or clevans@nwosu.edu.