Upcoming Speakers

October 2018

Wednesday, October 17
12pm to 1pm
Debby Schriver

Schriver’s newest work tells the stories of the children rescued from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, and their new foster families. Schriver received a phone call two years ago from one of such families who asked her to write the story of their family.

Following a 2008 raid on the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, these children, who lived their entire lives separated from the outside world as members of their cult, now struggled on their path toward stability. They had suffered both physical and mental abuse, and their journey toward freedom was extraordinarily painful, but, not without joy.

Up until his death in 2017, Alamo still ran his church from a federal penitentiary with the support of his faithful wives and followers. Experts estimate there are 5,000 cults in the United States, and that number is growing. Schriver feels that the experience of these children, now free from Tony Alamo gives us hope.

Schriver’s other works include: To Read My Heart, the Journal of Rachel Van Dyke 1810-1811, In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades, and Ice ’n’ Go:  Score in Sports and Life.


Thursday, October 18
6pm to 7pm
Ken Thomas

Ken Thomas is a White House reporter with The Associated Press and has been based in the AP’s Washington bureau since 2005. He has covered President Donald Trump since the start of his transition and throughout his administration.

He previously covered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic primary campaigns of Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Thomas is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1999 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Monday, October 22
6pm to 7pm
Raymond Arsenault

Raymond Arsenault has written the first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe, a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the tennis color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.

Arsenault chronicles Ashe’s rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In 1988, he was diagnosed with AIDS, a condition he revealed only four years later. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, he died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship.

Based on prodigious research, including more than one hundred interviews, Raymond Arsenault’s insightful and compelling biography puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect.