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Profiles and Perspectives Celebrates 20th Season with Special Lineup of Audience-Selected Speakers

Profiles and Perspectives Celebrates 20th Season with Special Lineup of Audience-Selected Speakers

Posted Jun. 6, 2018

ARDMORE, Okla. — This year, the Noble Foundation's Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series celebrates its 20th anniversary by bringing back some familiar faces.

"For two decades, Profiles and Perspectives has provided informative, thought-provoking and entertaining speakers to the southern Oklahoma community," said Adam Calaway, Noble Research Institute director of communications and public relations, and chair of the Profiles and Perspectives committee. "To celebrate this milestone, we asked our audience to tell us who their favorite speakers have been, then we brought back their top four choices."

The 2018 season will include a return to RMS Titanic with oceanographer Dave Gallo, Ph.D.; historical storytelling through photography with Wyman Meinzer; extreme storm chasing with Reed Timmer, Ph.D.; and for one night only, a historic reunion of Oklahoma's favorite political pundits, Burns Hargis and Mike Turpen.

"Our audiences have continually asked to see these five speakers, and we've delivered an all-star lineup," Calaway said. "Our 20th season promises to be our best yet."

Below are the details for each speaker's presentation:

  • Oceanographer Dave Gallo will begin the season on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, with his presentation "The Many Mysteries of the Ship of Dreams: Exploring RMS Titanic." Gallo co-led the expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic. During his presentation, he will share the latest images and discuss plans to lead another expedition to the Titanic in the near future.
  • Wyman Meinzer, self-taught Plains historian and professional photographer, will present "Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut: The San Antonio Viejo Ranch of Texas" on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. He will detail the history of a family who ranched in south Texas for more than 100 years and has ties to the King Ranch, highlighting the lives and legacy of Tom T. and Alice Kleberg East.
  • Renowned Oklahoma political pundits Burns Hargis and Mike Turpen, former co-hosts of KFOR's award-winning public affairs show Flashpoint, will team up again on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, to present "Infotainment: Enough Sense to be Informative, Enough Nonsense to be Entertaining," before the midterm elections.
  • Famed storm chaser and meteorologist Reed Timmer will conclude the season on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, with his presentation, "The Science of Storm Chasing." His presentation will cover all topics related to chasing, from the role of storm chasers in the severe weather warning process and disaster response to a record-breaking hurricane season in 2017.

Sponsored by the Noble Foundation, each Profiles and Perspectives event is free of charge and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Ardmore Convention Center. For more information regarding the Profiles and Perspectives season, please contact Adam Calaway at 580-224-6209 or visit www.noblefoundation.org/profiles.

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Dave Gallo Oceanographer Dave Gallo will begin the season on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, with his presentation "The Many Mysteries of the Ship of Dreams: Exploring RMS Titanic."

Wyman Meinzer Wyman Meinzer, self-taught Plains historian and professional photographer, will present "Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut: The San Antonio Viejo Ranch of Texas" on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

Burns HargisBurn Hargis
Mike TurpenMike Turpen

Renowned Oklahoma political pundits Burns Hargis and Mike Turpen, former co-hosts of KFOR’s award-winning public affairs show Flashpoint, will team up again on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, to present "Infotainment: Enough Sense to be Informative, Enough Nonsense to be Entertaining," before the midterm elections.

Reed TimmerFamed storm chaser and meteorologist Reed Timmer will conclude the season on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, with his presentation, "The Science of Storm Chasing."

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