IPFW’s 19th annual Omnibus Lecture Series will be trimmed to three speakers, all of whom will visit campus this fall.
The university announced the speakers Wednesday but didn’t state a reason for the change from the six lectures the series has featured each of the past five years. Nicole Wilkins, IPFW’s chief communications officer, could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
The speakers will be:
•Sept. 12: Bill Nye, a scientist, inventor, host of the television program “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” will speak on “Hey Earthlings, Let’s Change the World.” PBS launched Nye’s popular TV show in 1993, making him into a household name.
•Oct. 23: Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of “The Glass Castle,” will speak on “The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons.” Her book, a memoir now being adapted into a movie, looks back on her upbringing by dysfunctional parents and the poverty and other challenges she and her siblings endured.
•Nov. 12: Jim Clifton, CEO of polling firm Gallup and author of “The Coming Jobs War,” will speak on “The Coming Jobs War.” Clifton’s book uses information from 75 years of Gallup studies to examine why people who control the job market also control our future. He also is responsible for major innovations in public opinion polling, including the Gallup World Poll and the Gallup Path, the latter of which looks at relationships between workplace behavior and outcomes for businesses.
All lectures will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors will open one hour before each lecture. Parking is free.
Free tickets are required for each lecture. They will be available three weeks before the event at the Larson Box Office in the Gates Athletic Center, 12:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays; at www.ipfw.edu/box-office, with a $1 per ticket convenience fee; and at the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture, if seats remain.