When should parents leave the lectures to others?

Jane Goodall at Trinity University
by Susie P. Gonzalez --

All teenagers will say the one thing they really hate is a lecture. No young person enjoys hearing about their shortcomings or wrongdoings in a rant from mom or dad. But when they transition from high school to college, a lecture is just what the doctor ordered….the doctor of philosophy, that is.

Trinity University is known for having many brilliant and engaging doctors of philosophy. In fact, 97 percent of Trinity faculty members hold doctoral or terminal degrees. Many are nationally known experts in their fields. To be clear, classroom learning at Trinity is not limited to lectures. There are interactive seminars, laboratory courses, experiential courses, and more.
Trinity University professors
Three Trinity University professors review curriculum proposals. 

Trinity is also known for having captivating great speakers from off campus. This week, the University will welcome a military general fresh from the battlefield to share his views on military policy and practices. Retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs. His talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in Laurie Auditorium. Best of all, the lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Dempsey will not be the only high-profile visitor to campus on March 23. Visual artist Osmievy Ortega will be at Trinity the same night, presenting a lecture at 7 p.m. in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall about his collection of works described as “portraits” that reflect his connection to the natural world, including animals and humans, from his time living in Havana, Cuba, at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte.

Two great speakers in one week, to be sure, but others come to campus regularly to speak about art, science, politics, culture, and a long list of other topics.

Other luminaries who have spoken to Trinity students as well as a broad spectrum of San Antonio community residents and leaders are: former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn, whose visit took place days after the space shuttle Columbia exploded, killing seven astronauts on board; Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who spoke during a self-imposed exile but predicted her assassination if she returned to her native country; and journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the 40th anniversary of the Watergate presidential scandal that launched the modern era of investigative reporting.

Astronomy lecture at Trinity University
Astronomy lecture at Trinity University.

These lectures are far from parental rants. They are opportunities for students and San Antonians to hear informative, mind-expanding ideas directly from visionaries, some of whom are geniuses. Those are the lectures every college student should not only enjoy but embrace.

About Susie

Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations at Trinity, can be reached at susie.gonzalez@trinity.edu or @susiegonz.


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