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September 9, 2009

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Noted Economist Walter Williams to Speak at UT Tyler

Walter Williams graphic from Cowan Center

The University of Texas at Tyler will present economist Dr. Walter Williams as the featured speaker of its 2009 – 10 Distinguished Lecture Series, Susan Thomae-Morphew, director of the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, announced.

The Drs. Lawrence L. Anderson and Svetislava J. Vukelja/Mr. and Mrs. Bob Herd Lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Media sponsors are CBS 19, East Texas Radio Group and Tyler Morning Telegraph.

A highly-regarded professor of economics at George Mason University since 1980, Williams will discuss the current state of the economy, its effect on the federal government and what we can expect in the future.

“UT Tyler president, Rodney H. Mabry, suggested bringing Dr. Walter Williams to share with the community through our lecture series. As an economist himself, Dr. Mabry has great respect for Williams’ accomplishments and notably his predictions for the recent troubles experienced in our economy. There is quite a buzz around town already about his upcoming appearance, no doubt because many follow him through his regular column in our local Tyler Paper,” Thomae-Morphew said.

Williams is the author of more than 150 publications that have appeared in scholarly journals as well as popular publications such as Newsweek, National Review, Reader’s Digest and Policy Review.  His latest book is “Liberty versus the Tyranny of Socialism.”

He has made numerous radio and television appearances including “Nightline,” “Face the Nation,” “Wall Street Week,” “Crossfire” and “MacNeil/Lehrer.” Williams has been a regular commentator for “Nightly Business Report” and is an occasional substitute host for the “Rush Limbaugh Show.” His weekly syndicated columns are carried by approximately 140 newspapers and several Web sites.

His fellowships and awards include Foundation for Economic Education Adam Smith Award, Hoover Institution National Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor, Veterans of Foreign Wars U.S. News Media Award, Adam Smith Award, California State University Distinguished Alumnus Award, George Mason University Faculty Member of the Year and Alpha Kappa Psi Award.

Having participated in numerous debates, conferences and lectures in the United States and abroad, Williams has frequently given expert testimony before Congressional committees on public policy issues ranging from federal taxation and spending to legal issues and individual freedom.

Tickets are $11, $16, $21 and $26 and can be purchased online at www.cowancenter.org, by phone at 903.566.7424 or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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