Recent Events and Programs
2013-2014 Inaugural Year
Heritage as the Key to the Future: Architecture at Texas A&M University
presented by David Woodcock, Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Lilia Y. Gonzales, University Architect
Lunch and Conversation with Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill and one of Texas A&M Press's newest authors
A private lunch for CFR members followed Ms. Sandys' public lecture "The Power of Words: The Leadership of Winston Churchill."
The 50th Anniversary of Inclusion at Texas A&M University
Christine A. Stanley, Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity
The presentation was followed by a luncheon at Reed House, the residence of the Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, hosted by Chancellor & Mrs. John Sharp.
How Czech is Dvorak's Musical Language?
Dr. Alan Houtchens, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies
An analysis of Dvorak's work with musical illustrations.
Borlaug Institute Engagement: Rwandan Hope from Travesty
Elsa A. Murano, Interim Director, The Borlaug Institute
Review of programs and initiatives of Texas A&M faculty in Rwanda.
2nd Annual Community of Faculty Retirees Forum
Featuring a Q&A with Dr. Karan Watson, Provost and Executive Vice President
Presentation by University Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Fackler entitled: "Understanding Gold: Even in Aggie Rings, Deteriorates with Time."
Summer 2014 Series
Early Years: Women Faculty on Campus
Clarissa T. Kimber, Professor Emerita of Geography
Jane Magill, Retired Professor of Plant Pathobiology & Microbiology
Mary Ann O'Farrell, Associate Professor of English
Fall 2014 Series
Accelerated Sea-Level Rise and the Future of the Texas Coast
John Anderson, the Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography at Rice University
Presented by Smithsonian Institution and Texas A&M Press
Douglas W. Owsley, Division Head, Physical Anthropology, National Museum of Natural Science
Special presentation "Texas History, Written in Bone" given to CFR members at a private luncheon following the public event.
Spoon River Anthology: A Reading
Introduction by Jerome Loving, editor of Penguin Classics edition of Spoon River Anthology
Readings of select poems by John J. McDermott, Mary Ann O'Farrell, Paul Parrish, Linda Parrish
Perils and Possibilities of the Upcoming Legislative Session
Presented by Chancellor John Sharp, Vice President for Government Relations Michael O'Quinn, and Vice Chancellor for Federal & State Relations Tommy Williams
The presentation was followed by a luncheon at the Reed House, hosted by Chancellor & Mrs. John Sharp.
Spring 2015 Series
Tuberculosis: Why does this ancient disease remain a global health threat in the 21st century?
Presented by David N. McMurray, Regents Professor in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
The Ultimate Fate of the Universe
Presented by Nick Suntzeff, Mitchell/Munnerlyn/Heep Professor of Observational Astronomy
Lecture followed with a guided tour of the new astronomy facility.
3rd Annual Community of Faculty Retirees Forum
Moriah Revisited: Rembrandt on Abraham
Presented by Daniel Conway, Professor of Philosophy
Summer 2015 Series
Continuation of Community Conversation Series