Southeast Presents 2010-2011 Speaker Series



Sept. 1, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University will host several prominent speakers to share their experiences and stories during the 2010-2011 University Speakers Series.

Political commentator Patrick Buchanan and former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle will kick off the Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 with “A View of Current Events Facing the Nation.” The event will be held in the Show Me Center.

Carl Kasell, a 50-year news radio veteran and National Public Radio (NPR) broadcaster, will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

At 7:30 p.m. Oct 27, the Build Team from the popular television show “Mythbusters” will speak on campus. The event will be held in the Show Me Center and will feature team members Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara.

Professional speaker and best-selling author Delatorro McNeal II will speak at noon Nov. 15 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The presentation also will serve as a keynote address for Global Entrepreneurship Week on the Southeast campus.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is dedicated to inspiring students to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, and to challenge them to generate new ideas and seek better ways to do things. The week will also feature speakers J. Kim and Sharon Lee Tucci who will discuss “Entrepreneurship in the Arts.” The Tuccis will speak at noon Nov. 17 in theDonald C. Bedell Performance Hallat the River Campus. Kim Tucci is co-founder of The Pasta House Co. restaurant chain, while Sharon Lee Tucci is the founder of TalentPlus Inc., the first American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) Screen Actors Guild commercial talent agency in St. Louis.

Presentations by McNeal and the Tuccis are free and open to the public.

Nationally syndicated columnist, television commentator, and author, Roland Martin, will present the keynote address at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Show Me Center. The theme of this year’s dinner is “Living the Spirit of the Dream.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $15 and can be purchased beginning Dec. 1. at the Show Me Center box office or by contacting Equity Issues Office at (573) 651-2524 or

Lisa Ling, acclaimed journalist and field correspondent for the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and CNN, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Show Me Center.

Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken, baseball’s all-time “Iron Man, will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 13 in the Show Me Center.

Wrapping up the 2010-2011 Speaker Series at Southeast in April will be James Lewis, director and senior fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Lewis researches innovation and economic change, Internet policy and cyber security, space programs and intelligence reform. The time, date and location of this event are to be determined. The event will be free and open to the public.

Tickets are required for entry into the following events: Buchanan/Daschle, Mythbusters, Ling and Ripken. They are free for current Southeast faculty, staff and students with a valid Redhawks ID card. Tickets can be picked up in the University Center Room 202, Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office. Tickets are $10 for the general public for each of these four events and can be purchased at, Ticketmaster outlets, or to avoid service charges, tickets can be purchased at the Show Me Center Box Office. Tickets go on sale for these four events at 10 a.m. Sept. 9.

Patrick Buchanan

Tom Daschle

Carl Kasell

Tory Belleci

Kari Byron

Grant Imahara

Delatorro McNeal

J. Kim Tucci

Sharon Lee Tucci

Roland Martin

Lisa Ling

Cal Ripken Jr.

James Lewis