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TWU to host 20th annual Joyce Thompson Memorial Lecture


DENTON — Dr. Phyllis Elmore, professor of English at North Lake College, will present “Can I Get a Witness? Fannie Lou Hamer’s Transformative Democracy” during the 20th annual Joyce Thompson Memorial Lecture, scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Texas Woman’s University.

The lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. in room 301 of the Administration Clock Tower (ACT) building on TWU’s Denton campus. For a map of the Denton campus, visit Admission is free. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, call (940) 898-3748.

Dr. Elmore is the first TWU alumna to serve as lecturer for this annual event. She holds both a master of arts degree in English and a Ph.D. in rhetoric from TWU. She has been named a President’s Scholar at North Lake College and is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” She is noted for her research on iconic Texas legislator Barbara Jordan, which she has published and presented in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Elmore’s lecture on Fannie Lou Hamer will draw upon her extensive research on the life and contributions of the civil rights heroine. Ms. Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper who, though subjected to cruelty, worked for voting rights for all citizens.

The Joyce Thompson Lecture is an annual event honoring the memory of Dr. Joyce Thompson, professor of English, who served as a member of the TWU faculty from 1977 until her death in 1992. The author of more than 30 published works, Dr. Thompson’s major writings include “Marking a Trail: A History of the Texas Woman’s University,” “Texas Women: The Myth/The Reality” and “Ladies’ Firsts: A Miscellany.”

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