Missouri Western will host Dr. Douglas Brinkley, Rice University professor and prolific biographer, as the featured speaker at the 21st R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Looney Complex.
Brinkley was chosen to speak at the event as his recent publication of “Cronkite,” -a New York Times Best Seller- was a fit for Western and the Walter Cronkite Memorial recently constructed on campus.
Dr. Robert Vartabedian, president of Western, is pleased to host Brinkley for convocation this year.
“To have [Brinkley] here talking about the journalistic legacy of Walter Cronkite will be very interesting for (students),” Vartabedian said.
Brinkley is the contributing editor for “Vanity Fair,” “The Los Angeles Times Book Review” and “American Heritage.”
Western will hold a Convocation Luncheon at noon on Nov. 4 in the Fulkerson Center, where Brinkley will be the guest of honor.
Brinkley will also speak at the inaugural Cronkite Conference on Media Ethics and Integrity, co-sponsored by Western and the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Missouri Western State University Foundation will sponsor the appearance of Brinkley.
Vartabedian said that Brinkley also shares an interest with the late Cronkite.
“Something that he can go into, that for some is very controversial, is that he, like Walter Cronkite is a great champion for environmental concerns,” Vartabedian said. “I’m looking forward to this as much as I have in the past.”
R. Dan Boulware agreed to serve as one of the chairs of the Comprehensive Capital Campaign commemorating Western’s centennial in 2015.
Western has a rare opportunity to celebrate not only their centennial, but also the commemoration of the Walter Cronkite Memorial. Boulware is also a partner in the national law firm of Polsinelli and chair of the law firm’s contingency fee practice. He has been recognized by his peers as being among the top one percent of all trial lawyers in the U.S.. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as many federal and state courts across the country.
Boulware received his bachelor’s degree and his law degrees locally at the University of Kansas in 1972. Boulware has a reason for establishing convocation at Western.
“I wanted to find an opportunity to bring the college and the community together at one time,” he said. “The convocation will serve that purpose. ”
Jerry Pickman, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Missouri Western Foundation said he is looking forward to working with Boulware.
“As we prepare to celebrate 100 years of transforming lives and carry that legacy into the future, we’re thrilled that Dan, Dale, Mark and Mary Margaret have agreed-at this stage in the planning process-to provide leadership for the R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Centennial Capital Campaign,” Pickman said.