Texas Tech University

Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

From classical music to modern dance performances, from thought provoking lectures by public intellectuals to those of authors and poets, the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series provides engaging entertainment and learning opportunities for the Texas Tech campus and community alike. Don't miss a moment!


Fall 2008 Events


Book signing and lecture by ethicist David Callahan

Author of The Cheating Culture 

September 8, 2008 | 3:30 pm


From the Top with Christopher O'Riley

"From the Top with Christopher O'Riley" will tape a performance of outstanding young musicians in the Allen Theatre. The taping will be broadcast nationally at a later date.

September 16, 2008 | 7:00 pm

more information about From the Top


Marc-André Hamelin, Pianist

Marc-André Hamelin, first place winner at the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition and one of today's most acclaimed pianists in the United States

October 19, 2008 | 7:30 pm

more information about Marc-André Hamelin


Presidential Book Award Winners 

Conversations with authors of books on jazz; wine; and race in Imperial Spain.

October 28, 2008 | 3:30 pm

Presidential Book Award Recipients
Michael Borshuk
John Beusterien
Stefan Estreicher


Spring 2009 Events


Popular historian and commentator Sarah Vowell

Delight in the satirical humor of Sarah Vowell, bestselling author, social observer, and contributor to NPR's This American Life.

March 3, 2009 | 7:00 pm

more information about Sarah Vowell



Featured guest of Texas Tech Jazz Festival - Tap your feet to the music of the DIZZY GILLESPIE™ ALUMNI ALL-STARS, a veritable who's who among jazz musicians.

April 4, 2009 | 8:00 pm

more information about DIZZY GILLESPIE™ ALUMNI ALL-STARS


Poet and fiction-writer Ana Castillo

Enjoy a literary evening with "genre jumper" and activist author, Ana Castillo – acclaimed poet, novelist, essayist, editor, and translator.

April 9, 2009 | 7:00 pm

more information about Ana Castillo


Santa Fe Opera 

Revel in the beautiful voices of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers, performing operatic and popular selections.

April 13, 2009 | 7:00 pm

more information about Santa Fe Opera


Contact & Comment

To suggest topics, speakers or performers for future events, or to comment on the current series, contact Presidential Lecture & Performance Series lead administrator
Dori Bosnyak.

Parking Arrangements

We greatly appreciate University Parking Services for their consideration of our patrons in agreeing to provide complimentary parking preceding our events. Parking lots that are available for complimentary use are R03 - the Library lot, R11 - the Band lot, R07 - the Administration Building lot, and R13 - the Visitor lot. Please refer to the map for parking lot locations. Please note that parking in handicap, service and reserved spaces until 11:00 pm is prohibited without a valid TTU parking or handicap permit.

Past Series Events

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