Speakers & Issues Series

Akin Auditorium

Scheduled Presentations


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Presenter: Josh Lockman

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Dillard 101

Description: “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities.” A Nationally recognized expert in U.S. foreign policy, international law, and the Middle East, Josh Lockman will address key issues related to the U.S. in the Middle East including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iranian nuclear accord, and the crisis in Syria.

In addition to teaching at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, Lockman is the Southwest Regional Director at J Street, an organization that advocates for policies that advance shared U.S. and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lockman has appeared on CNN, BBC, and other media outlets regarding U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also has been interviewed by Al Jazeera and the Los Angeles Times, and has been published in HuffPost and Foreign Policy Digest. Lockman is currently conducting research on the impact of the rise of Iran on Israeli-Arab relations.

Lockman received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 2004 and graduated from USC Law in 2008. He is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, whose members are policy experts, academics, and other thought leaders who anticipate and articulate new global challenges and opportunities. He is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Amanda sculpting a clay face over a skull.

Presenter: Amanda Danning

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Wichita Falls Museum of Art, 2 Eureka Circle

Description: “Skeletons in My Closet.” Nationally known artist and forensic sculptor, Amanda Danning puts faces on our long dead history and tells tales which have been written in bone.

Amanda Danning has gained international recognition as a forensic sculptor. She has achieved this recognition, in part, through her consulting work with the Smithsonian Institute on several occasions.  Her facial reconstructions have been the subjects of exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., the National Buffalo Soldier Museum, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.  Her work has also been displayed on programs shown on the History Channel and the National Geographic Channel.  Since 2010, Amanda’s work has been featured in several books including on the cover of Douglas W. Owsley and Richard L. Jantz’s Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skelton.

With over twenty years of professional experience and an advanced degree in sculpture, Amanda Danning has more than a hundred portraits in museums across the nation.  She has gained extensive experience in the museum industry working as a designer, fabricator, and exhibit director. For more information, visit her website Written in Bone.