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Common Experience, LBJ Lecture Series host Maya Angelou

Date of release: 09/20/05

SAN MARCOS—– Famed poet Maya Angelou, author of 12 best-selling books including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and A Song Flung Up to Heaven, will speak on “Courage” at 8 p.m. Sept 28 at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Angelou, a Reynolds Professor of Literature at Wake Forest University, will present her lecture for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture Series on the Mall on campus, between Alkek Library and the LBJ Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.  Angelou’s lecture is coordinated by Campus Activities and is a part of Common Experience, a program at Texas State developed to incorporate and integrate the University Seminar and the Texas State Summer Reading Program with the wider community both on and off campus.

Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature and as a remarkable Renaissance woman. Being a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, Angelou continues to travel the world making appearances, spreading her legendary wisdom.  Angelou captivates her audiences lyrically with vigor, fire and perception. She has the unique ability to shatter the opaque prisms of race and class between reader and subject throughout her books of poetry and her autobiographies.

In 1981, Angelou was appointed to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.  In January 1993, she became only the second poet in U.S. History to have the honor of writing and reciting original work at the Presidential Inauguration.

Other Common Experience events scheduled to tie into Angelou’s visit include “On Courage: Aristotle Meets Maya Angelou” presented as part of the Philosophy Dialogue Series 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in room 132 of the Psychology Building and led by the Sophists and Sages of the Philosophy Dialogue class; “Courage in the Work of Maya Angelou” presented as part of the Philosophy Dialogue Series 11 a.m. Sept. 28 in room 132 of the Psychology Building and led by Monya Stubbs of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary; “Maya Angelou’s Journey of Faith” presented as the Price Lecture 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Campus Christian Community, 604 N. Guadalupe, also led by Stubbs; and “Combatants and Caged Birds: The Many Faces of Courage” presented as a part of the Philosophy Dialogue Series 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in room 132 of the Psychology Building and led by the Sophists and Sages of the Philosophy Dialogue class.

For more information, contact Christopher Frost at (512) 245-2266 or ffrosty@txstate.edu.

About the LBJ Lecture
The annual Lyndon Baines Johnson Lecture, initiated in 1982 to honor the former president and Texas State graduate, recognizes the importance of education to the continuing prosperity of the nation.  Through the series, Texas State works to perpetuate the former president’s high educational ideals by bringing outstanding individuals to campus to meet with students and faculty and present public lectures.  Previous lecterns include former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and Former President Gerald Ford.