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Gaston Lecture Series


September 25, Monday at 6 p.m.

Jennifer Wiseman - Hubble Telescope, NASA

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is a senior astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she serves as the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. Her primary responsibility is to ensure that the Hubble mission is as scientifically productive as possible.  Previously, Wiseman headed Goddard’s Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics. She started her career at NASA in 2003 as the program scientist for Hubble and several other astrophysics missions at NASA headquarters.

Wiseman’s scientific expertise is centered on the study of star forming regions in our galaxy using a variety of tools, including radio, optical and infrared telescopes.

As an undergraduate, Wiseman studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she discovered the comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff.  She then earned a Ph.D. in astronomy at Harvard University. Wiseman is a 1983 graduate of Mountain Home High School.

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March 13, 2018 at 6 p.m.

John Maxwell

Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?

In 1981 John Maxwell started touring “OH, MR. FAULKNER, DO YOU WRITE?” after its premiere at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, MS. Since that time he has toured the show all over the world to twelve different foreign countries and most of the continental United States. Included in these dates have been THE BOTTOM LINE (New York), THE SMITHSONIAN, PICOLO SPOLETO FESTIVAL, THE ALLIANCE THEATRE, THE ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL and many others. He was honored to present the show at the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta. Included in that audience were nine Nobel Laureates and former president, Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn.

Mr. Maxwell winner of the prestigous Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in the state of Mississippi holds a Masters Degree in Theatre from The University of Mississippi. He has been the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to study playwriting at The Sewanee’s Writer’s Conference, and he is the 1992 recipient of the Susan B. Herron Playwriting Fellowship of the Mississippi Arts Commission. In 1989 his play titled THE SALVATION OF SUNSHINE BILLY was produced at the Heritage Repertory Theatre of The University of Virginia and received a W. Alton Jones Foundation Grant for New American Plays. His religious play titled BUCK-NEKKID has been produced in Jackson at New Stage Theatre, in Atlanta at the Art Colony where it was chosen as one of the Top Ten New Plays produced in Atlanta for that year, in Birmingham, AL at the New Play Festival, and in Ft. Worth, TX at Stage West. Most recently he was rewarded with two separate fellowships both in performance and writing from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

He is the founder of FISH TALE GROUP, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing interest in the Bible through original drama. Mr. Maxwell has written and tours with a variety of Biblical characters in monologues: St. Paul (THE LAST EPISTLE), St. Peter (FISH TALE), John the Baptist (FLOWER CHILD), Barnabas (GIVING AND THE SON OF JOY!), Judas (ME AND MY SHADOW) and Joseph (JOSEPH, FATHER TO THE STEP SON).

He is a member of both Actor’s Equity and Screen Actors Guild, and has appeared in numerous films for screen and television. Most recently he received The Best Actor Award for the screen version of “OH, MR.FAULKNER, DO YOU WRITE?” at The 2011 Twain Harte Film Festival in Los Angeles. He also received Best Actor Award for the role at The 2006 Atlanta Film Festival.

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Past Gaston Lectures

October 5, 1999, Wonderful World of Will Rogers

November 7, 2000, Gary Langston, Photojournalist

October 25, 2001, Werner Fornos of The Population Institute

May 9, 2002, Susan Llanes Myers of the Holocaust Museum

October 3, 2002, Isaac Yeffet - Anti-TerrorismExpert

February 4, 2003, Pearl Duncan - "Know YourHistory"

September 2003, Dr. Vaughn Grisham

 March 4, 2004, Dr. Chris Hackler - MedicalEthicist

September 28, 2004, Robin Davie - "As Good As It Gets"

April 5, 2005, TimErnst - Arkansas Wilderness Photographer

October 4, 2005, Janet Carson "Fall for a Dazzling Spring"

April 4, 2006, I.C.Smith - "Top G-Man" Threat to National Security

September 26, 2006, Larry Dablemont - Outdoor Naturalist

March 13, 2007, Frank Caple - "The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain"

September 25, 2007, Deena Burnett Bailey, Everyday Heroes and 9/11

February 19, 2008, Dr. Gwendolyn Twillie, African Literature

October 7, 2008, Richard Henson, The Broom Man

October 27, 2008, Skip Rutherford, Clinton School of Public Service

February 26, 2009, War Letters - A Reader's Theatre

September 22, 2009, The Buffalo Flows

March 1, 2010, Mike Wimmer, Commercial Artist

March 8, 2011, Neil White, Author of "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts"

September 27, 2011, Jimmy Dykes, ESPN Analyst

October 9, 2012, Peter Giuliano, Film andTelevision Producer

March 12, 2013, Mr. and Mrs. John Joslyn, Titanic Museum Owners

October 22, 2013, Roy Hallums, Author of "BuriedAlive"

January 30, 2014, Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly - "The Tilted World"

April 8, 2014, VJ Smith, Author of "The Richest Man in Town"

September 23, 2014, Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Areena

February 24, 2015, Ruth B. Hawkins, Hemmingway’s Time in Arkasnas

October 6, 2015, RosalieGould, Japanese American Relocation Camps

March 3, 2016, Dr. Nancy Hendricks as Hattie Carraway

September 20, 2016, Wendy E. Simmons

April 25, 2017, Churchill: A One-Man Play by Andrew Edlin